VIC contract awarded

Work will start on the removal of level crossings in Melbourne by the end of this month

The contract for the removal of every dangerous and congested level crossing between Dandenong and the city is signed, and work will start within weeks.

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Treasurer Tim Pallas have announced an alliance, including Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon and Metro Trains Melbourne has been formally awarded the contract for the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project.

The $1.6 billion project will remove nine dangerous level crossings, build five new stations, upgrade signalling and power and create 11 MCG’s worth of new public open space.

The project will improve the reliability of the metropolitan, regional and freight services, meaning trains will arrive on time, more often.

Work on the Caulfield to Dandenong project will start at the end of April, beginning with the installation of fences and site preparations.

 "If we don’t build this project, our roads will grind to a halt and our train system will be overwhelmed," says Allan.

"Removing these crossings will relieve pressure on our roads and trains, and make communities along this line better places to live, with new parks, less traffic and more trains."

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