Engineering, Passenger Rail, Safety, Standards & Regulation

Shortlists announced for two crossing removal contracts

Successful bidders for a pair of level crossing removal contracts will have to prove their worth with the first half of removals, before the Victorian Government will award them the rest of the work.

The Andrews Government this week announced a pair of shortlists for two separate level crossing removal packages, totalling 11 crossings across the greater Melbourne area.

State transport minister Jacinta Allan said the Project Alliance model being employed by the Andrews Government for each contract meant a successful bidder would not be awarded all removal work right off the bat, but instead would have to undertake the first few removals to the satisfaction of the Level Crossing Removal Authority.

A joint venture of John Holland and KBR, and a joint venture of CPB Contractors and Aurecon, have been short-listed for the North West Program Alliance.

The successful bidder will remove level crossings at Camp Road in Campbellfield and Buckley Street in Essendon, with work to start next year. But only if these removals are delivered well, will the successful bidder retain the contract to remove more – at Glenroy Road in Glenroy, at Bell Street in Coburg, and at Moreland Road in Brunswick.

As for the second contract: a joint venture of McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott McDonald, and a joint venture of Coleman Rail, Seymour Whyte and Arcadis Australia have been short-listed for the Western Program Alliance.

This Alliance will remove the Abbots Road level crossing in Dandenong South and the Kororoit Creek Road crossing in Williamstown North, as well as duplicating part of the Altona Loop to boost the reliability of services.

If these projects are delivered to the Authority’s satisfaction, the successful bidder will also remove the Aviation Road level crossing in Laverton, Ferguson Street crossing in Williamstown, and Cherry and Werribee Street crossings in Werribee.

Allan says the Program Alliance model reduces procurement time, meaning the crossings are removed sooner, and provides a pipeline of work which enables constructors to build and maintain skilled workforces.

“Construction on six of these level crossing removals will begin next year and by late 2018, the removal of 37 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested crossings will be finished or underway,” Allan said.

“We’re investing more in public transport than any government in Victoria’s history to get people home safer and sooner.”