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Victoria outlines next level crossings to go

Level crossing in Melbourne. Photo: RailGallery.com.au

A contract to remove eight more level crossings will be awarded before the end of the current Andrews Government term in Victoria, the premier announced on Sunday.

The contract will be awarded in 2017, and will address the removal of eight “dangerous and congested” level crossings on the Frankston line.

The eight identified crossings are on top of the 19 already under contract to be removed, or already part of a tendering process.

Two contracts have been handed out for the removal of four level crossings each. A consortium of Leighton Contractors, Aurecon and Hyder Consulting holds one, and a consortium of John Holland and KBR holds another.

An alliance of Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Aecom has been selected as the preferred bidder for another contract, to remove two crossings in Bayswater.

And a pair of consortiums have already been shortlisted for another contract, to remove nine level crossings along the Cranbourne-Pakenham line.

The new contract, announced on November 8, will likely see the removal of eight crossings under a single package of works. Crossings are on the Frankston line, at:

  • Station Street/Bondi Road, Bonbeach
  • Station Street, Carrum
  • Charman Road, Cheltenham
  • Edithvale Road, Edithvale
  • Skye/Overton Road, Frankston
  • Balcombe Road, Mentone
  • Eel Race Road, Seaford
  • Seaford Road, Seaford

The government said community consultation and detailed planning will be “critical” during the process, with “some of the most complex” crossings in the Andrews Government’s 50-crossing plan involved in this deal. Geotechnical investigations began recently.

Community consultation will continue through 2016, in preparation for contract award in 2017 and start of construction in 2018, the government said.

“Combined with the removal of all nine level crossings between Dandenong and Caulfield [the Cranbourne-Pakenham package], getting rid of these crossings will transform Melbourne’s south east, delivering more trains, less congestion and safer roads,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.