Engineering, Passenger Rail

Toorak Road crossing removal contract awarded

Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Authority has awarded an $89 million contract to remove the level crossing at Toorak Road where the Glen Waverly line crosses through the inner-Melbourne suburb of Kooyong.

Laing O’Rourke and Jacobs will deliver the rail bridge to eliminate the crossing in a formal alliance with Metro Trains Melbourne.

The partnership previously duplicated a 1.2-kilometre section of the Hurstbridge line, rebuilt Rosanna station and removed level crossings at Grange Road in Alphington and Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna.

Under the Toorak Road plan, the level crossing will be eliminated via construction of a rail bridge over the road. The crossing is currently closed, on average, for 35 per cent of the morning peak.

Early works and site set-up will commence in coming weeks. The project is targeted for completion by 2021.

As part of the project, a new signalised pedestrian and cyclist crossing will be delivered alongside a realigned Talbot Crescent/Toorak Road intersection. The lights will synchronise with the intersection lights on the Monash Freeway to facilitate improved traffic flow.

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