Two contracts have been awarded to remove a level crossing and to duplicate eight kilometres of track as part of the Victorian Government’s plan to upgrade the Cranbourne Line.
The works, worth $679 million, will be delivered by two alliances in partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Project to allow trains to be run every ten minutes on the Cranbourne line. Currently, the single track limits the number of services that can be run on the line, leading to frequent delays.
McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott MacDonald and Metro Trains Melbourne will duplicate the line between Dandenong and Lynbrook and remove the level crossing at Greens Road in Dandenong South. Construction crews will begin work in the coming days at Greens Road in Dandenong South.
The other alliance, made up of Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs and Metro Trains Melbourne will complete the remaining duplication between Lynbrook and Cranbourne. This alliance will also build a new Merinda Park station and expand the Lynbrook station with an additional 135 car parking spaces.
Program Director Steve Brown said the award of contracts was the cumulation of months of intensive preparation and planning.
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“These projects are a huge priority for us, and we’ve been working hard to make sure they can start as soon as possible,” Brown said.
Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said the State Government was delivering big projects to keep people in the booming south ease moving.
“With 11 level crossings already removed along the Cranbourne line, we’re getting on with delivering better services to more people in Melbourne’s growing south east,” she said.
The line duplication and level crossing removal are set to be completed by 2023 and will allow for a future extension of the line to Clyde. When the four level crossing on the line are removed, the Cranbourne Line will be the first level crossing-free line in the state.