CIMIC, Lendlease and WSP awarded $1.2bn Melbourne level crossing contract

An alliance of CIMIC, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Lendlease, Aurecon, LXRA and Metro Trains Melbourne has been awarded a contract to design and construct a A$1.6bn ($1.2bn) level crossing removal programme in the Australian state of Victoria.

The team will work on behalf of the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA).

The project will remove nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong and make travel around Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs quicker and easier.

Five new stations will be built at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park.

Power and signaling upgrades will also be carried out between Flinders Street Station and Pakenham Station.

To remove the level crossings, the railway line and station platforms will be elevated and constructed on an overhead viaduct, with the area underneath developed into 20ha of public space and shared pathways.

Craig Laslett, managing director for Lendlease’s engineering business, said: "We look forward to working closely with LXRA to safely deliver this innovative rail and urban regeneration project, which will improve safety, deliver greater rail efficiency and increase the capacity of the network."

The project is part of the Victorian government’s commitment to remove at least 20 level crossings by 2018 and 50 by 2022.

Construction is scheduled to commence in mid-2016 and will be complete in 2018.

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