$631 million contract awarded for two level crossing removals

The Victorian Government has awarded the $631 million contract for two level crossing removals, located at Union Road in Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Road in Mont Albert – with enhanced designs unveiled and early works to start soon. 

The contract has been awarded to Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs, Metro Trains Melbourne, in partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Project. 

The awarded contract will see the project fast-tracked – with the two dangerous and congested level crossings gone for good and a new premium station open in 2023, two years ahead of schedule.

Early works will start in August, including upgrading water infrastructure, moving underground services and setting up site offices, and major construction will start in 2022. 

The two level crossings are some of Melbourne’s worst and will be removed by lowering the rail line beneath the roads in an open trench and building a new premium station with better facilities and more services.

Victorian Minister for Transport infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, said, “Awarding a contract takes us one step closer to making these death traps a thing of the past and we’re thrilled this project has been fast-tracked, creating hundreds of jobs and supporting local businesses along the way.”

Following extensive community feedback, designs for a new premium station and precinct have been enhanced and will include a widened pedestrian bridge that will form a small plaza connecting Beresford Street and the Hamilton Street shopping village.

Member for Box Hill, Paul Hamer, said, “Many Mont Albert residents have been calling for a plaza at the top end of Hamilton Street to provide a home for the existing, heritage-listed Mont Albert station building and new community open space – and I’m pleased the design to remove these crossings also delivers that.”

This will create even more open space and a home for the existing Mont Albert station building, which will be retained for community use close to its current location.

In another win for the community, the project will also include the construction of a new entrance at Montrose Street, providing better local access to the station and new open space with landscaping, as well as improved ramps with increased accessibility and fewer stairs.

The premium station will provide more trains, more often for commuters from Surrey Hills, Mont Albert and surrounds, and will be staffed from the first train in the morning until the last train in the evening.

With two fatalities at Union Road in 2016 when a train and car collided – and a further eight near misses in recent years – the Surrey Hills and Mont Albert communities will be safer once the boom gates are removed. 

The Victorian Government also announced ten more level crossings will be removed across Melbourne, including another three on the Lilydale Line at Dublin Road in Ringwood East, Coolstore Road in Croydon and the closure of Cave Hill Road in Lilydale – creating a level crossing-free Lilydale line. 

“With no more level crossings on the Lilydale line, journeys will be faster, local roads safer and deadly boom gate delays a distant memory,” Ms Allan said. 

To view the latest designs and find out more about the early works visit: levelcrosssings.vic.gov.au

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