The winning bidders for two major packages for the removal of a dozen level crossings in Melbourne have been named.
A McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott McDonald alliance will undertake works to remove the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing in Williamstown North and duplicate a section of the Altona Loop as part of the Western Program Alliance.
Work on this package is expected to commence this year, with the level crossing earmarked to be gone by the end of 2018.
If the alliance meets strict performance measures in delivery of this project, it will retain the contract to then remove the level crossing at Abbotts Road in Dandenong South – where work will also start this year – followed by Aviation Road in Laverton, Ferguson Street in Williamstown, and Cherry and Werribee Streets in Werribee.
Another Alliance, led by John Holland and Kellogg Brown & Root, has been awarded the contract for the North-West Program.
They will remove the Camp Road level crossing in Campbellfield, followed by Skye/Overton Road in Frankston and Buckley Street in Essendon.
If these works are delivered well, the Alliance will then progressively remove the level crossings at Glenroy Road in Glenroy, Bell Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick.
John Holland Chief Executive Officer Joe Barr said the contractor would be able to utilise its market leading expertise on the project, in particular integrating skills learned on the award-winning Burke North McKinnon Centre Level Crossing Removal in Melbourne’s South-Eastern Suburbs.
“We look forward to continuing our work with the Level Crossing Removal Authority to provide these important upgrades for the local community. These level crossing removals will deliver significant safety improvements to the community, relieve prolonged traffic congestion and provide a more efficient public transport network,” he said.
John Holland Executive General Manager VIC/SA/TAS & NZ Trevor Hall said the project would involve a high level of local employment and subcontracting.
“The project will feature a locally-based employment and procurement strategy to stimulate the local economy and create jobs and skills, that will continue beyond the project,” he said.
Construction for the first two level crossings is scheduled to commence in the coming months and be completed in 2018.
The Victorian Government has also released tenders for the Frankston train line level crossing removals to market.
The project will remove eight level crossings on the line.