4 May 2017

Artist impression of Kororoit Creek Road rail bridge

Contracts for the removal of a dozen level crossings in Melbourne's north, west and south-east have been signed, worth more than a billion dollars combined.

An Alliance led by McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott MacDonald will remove the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing in Williamstown North and duplicate part of the Altona Loop, as part of the Western Program Alliance.

Work will be fast tracked to start this year, with the level crossing now expected 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 KBR, 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. The removal of these dangerous crossings has also been fast tracked. Construction at all three will begin this year.

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.

These works will create thousands of local jobs, and provide skills and opportunities to hundreds of apprentices, trainees and cadets through the Victorian Government's Major Projects Skills Guarantee.

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Check out the Victorian Government media release.