22 April 2016
The contract for the removal of every dangerous and congested level crossing between Dandenong and the city has been signed, and work will start within weeks.
An Alliance including Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon and Metro Trains Melbourne was formally awarded the contract today.
The $1.6 billion project will remove nine dangerous level crossings, build five new stations, upgrade signalling and power. The project will transform rail and rocks into kilometres of new parks, paths and open space, which will be overseen by an Expert Panel.
Together with the 65 new High-Capacity Metro Trains on order, the project will create space for 11,000 extra passengers to catch the train on Melbourne's busiest rail line.
The project will improve the reliability of the metropolitan, regional and freight services, meaning trains will arrive on time, more often.
We've also released the Consultation Outcomes and Submissions Report today, which summarises thousands of pieces of feedback it received from the community.
A range of measures have been incorporated into the project as a result of this feedback, including escalators at all the new stations, more bike paths with better lighting, noise walls along the structure, and more car parking.
Work will start at the end of this month, beginning with the installation of fences and site preparation.
View the Government media release