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Contracts awarded for the Cranbourne Line Upgrade

16 Mar 2020

Contracts worth a combined $679 million to continue upgrading the Cranbourne line have been signed, with construction crews to start mobilising in coming days at Greens Road in Dandenong South.

The works – to be delivered by two alliances in partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Project – will allow for peak-hour services every ten minutes on the Cranbourne line.

Current single track between Cranbourne and Dandenong limits the number of services that can run on the line and leads to frequent delays.

An alliance comprising of McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott MacDonald and Metro Trains Melbourne will duplicate track between Dandenong and Lynbrook and remove the Greens Road level crossing in Dandenong South.

The remaining track duplication between Lynbrook and Cranbourne will be delivered by an alliance of Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs and Metro Trains Melbourne. This alliance will also build a new Merinda Park station and expand the car park at Lynbrook Station with an additional 135 spaces.

Program Director Steve Brown said the award of contracts was the cumulation of months of intensive preparation and planning.

“These projects are a huge priority for us, and we’ve been working hard to make sure they can start as soon as possible.”

The line duplication and level crossing removal – set to be completed by 2023 – form part of a broader upgrade which will see the Cranbourne Line become Melbourne’s first level-crossing-free train line. The upgrade also paves the way for a future rail extension to Clyde.

Works to remove the level crossing at Evans Road, Lyndhurst are well underway, with the crossing at Greens Road the next to go.

Lynbrook Station is one of the first stations in Melbourne to benefit from extra car parks under the Car Parks for Commuters fund.

For more information and to sign up for updates on the Cranbourne Line Upgrade visit the project webpage.

Artist impression of the new Merinda Park Station.

Artist impression of the new Merinda Park Station, which will be delivered as part of the Cranbourne Line Upgrade.

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