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Melbourne level crossing removal works to ramp up in winter

A $496 million contract to remove level crossings at Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and the Maroondah Highway in Lilydale, Melbourne, has been awarded to an alliance of companies.

More than 1000 people will work around the clock from July as part of the biggest level crossing removal programs in Victoria’s history.

Works are planned to ramp up during winter to remove four level crossings on the Upfield Line in Melbourne.

In addition, the Frankston Line will see rail trenches excavated and new stations built, ahead of the removal of level crossings at Park and Charman Roads in Cheltenham, and Balcombe Road in Mentone.

Lyndhurst, Pakenham, Berwick, Edithvale, Chelsea, Bonbeach, Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Mooroolbark and Lilydale will all be subject to significant level crossing removal works over the winter period.

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More than 15,000 workers on ‘Big Build’ sites are subject to strict health and safety measures, including changing work practices to reduce staff contact and enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Replacement busses in place as a result of works will also be closely monitored to manage passenger numbers and ensure regular cleaning of key touch points.

Other major projects continuing works over winter will be the North East Link early works, Metro Tunnel with construction of Town Hall Station, the West Gate Tunnel and renewal works on the Bendigo and Sunbury train lines.

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