As Melbourne continues to disentangle its road and rail networks, an alliance of Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs and Metro, called MTM, has won an A$89m contract to remove a dangerous and congested level crossing at Toorak Road.
Victoria state government said the crossing is a major bottleneck, with passing trains blocking traffic for 35% of the morning rush hour.
Like other level-crossing removals, the project involves sinking the roadway under a new rail bridge.
The state-led project aims to remove 75 such crossings in the city, and has completed 29 so far. (See Further reading.)
Artist’s render of the new layout (Level Crossing Removal Project)
MTM companies have already removed two such crossings in the city, the scheme’s client, Level Crossing Removal Project, said.Â
Early works and site set-up will commence in coming weeks, with the level crossing removal to be completed by 2021.
The contract award follows two rounds of community consultations this year.
A new signalised pedestrian and cyclist crossing will be included in the project.
Images courtesy of Level Crossing Removal Project show the crossing now and after