8 September 2016
An alliance of Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs is set to design and construct the Hurstbridge line upgrade and two level crossing removals, with the contract expected to be awarded in early 2017.
This $500 million package of works includes the duplication of tracks between Rosanna and Heidelberg on the Hurstbridge line, the building of a new train station at Rosanna and the removal of level crossings at Grange and Lower Plenty roads.
The Hurstbridge line is heavily congested. Removing the level crossings and building a second track for a 1.2 kilometre section from Rosanna to Heidelberg will allow more services, reducing crowding and carrying more people every single day.
Grange Road and Lower Plenty Road level crossings are two of Melbourne's worst – with boom gates down for more than a third of the morning peak, clogging roads in Melbourne's north eastern suburbs.
Over the next few months LXRA will continue community consultation and further develop the design options, with construction to commence early next year and completion expected by 2019.