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Shortlist for more than $1 billion in VIC crossing removals

The Victorian Government has released the shortlist of companies bidding for two packages of level crossing removals, valued at more than $1 billion.

The Victorian Government has released the shortlist of companies bidding for two packages of level crossing removals, valued at more than $1 billion.The Victorian Government has released the shortlist of companies bidding for two packages of level crossing removals, valued at more than $1 billion.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced the shortlisted companies for the two packages of works this week, which sees the removal of 11 level crossings in Melbourne.

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

The successful contractor will remove level crossings at Camp Road in Camperfield and Buckley Street in Essendon, with work to begin in 2017.

Under the Program Alliance model, if these removals are delivered well, the successful bidder will retain the contract to remove more – at Glenroy Road in Glenroy, Bell Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick.

A joint venture of McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott McDonald, and a joint venture of Coleman Rail, Seymour Whyte and Arcadis Australia have been shortlisted 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.

Like the North West Program Alliance Model, if these projects under the Western Program Alliance model are delivered effectively, 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.

“These crossings clog streets, risk lives and hold our train system back – we’re getting rid of them and some of the biggest construction firms in the country are bidding for the work,” said Ms. Allan in a statement,

“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.”

According to the statement, the Program Alliance model – where successful bidders must meet strict performance measures to remove the other crossings – reduces procurement time, meaning the crossings are removed sooner.

It also provides a pipeline of work which enables constructors to build and maintain skilled workforces, better supporting local jobs and opportunities for apprentices, trainees and cadets.

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