The Victorian Government’s plan to upgrade the Cranbourne Line is in motion, with two contracts being awarded to remove a level crossing and duplicate eight kilometres of tracks.
Valued at $679 million, the works will be delivered by two alliances in partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Project to allow trains to be run every ten minutes on the Cranbourne line. Right now, frequent delays are the standard caused by the single track as it limits the number of services that can be run on the line.
Arup, Mott MacDonald, McConnell Dowell and Metro Trains Melbourne will duplicate the line between Lynbrook and Dandenong and remove the level crossing at Greens Road in Dandenong South. Work will begin in the coming days at Greens Road in Dandenong South.
The second alliance comprised of Jacobs, Laing O’Rourke and Metro Trains Melbourne will execute the remaining duplication between Cranbourne and Lynbrook. This alliance will construct an additional 135 car parking spaces at the Lynbrook station expansion, as well as a new Marinda Park station.
Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said the State Government was delivering big projects to keep people in the booming south ease moving.
“With 11 level crossings already removed along the Cranbourne line, we’re getting on with delivering better services to more people in Melbourne’s growing south east,” she said.
Program Director Steve Brown indicated that the newly awarded contracts was the result of months of intensive planning and preparation.
“These projects are a huge priority for us, and we’ve been working hard to make sure they can start as soon as possible,” Brown said.
The level crossing removal and line duplication are scheduled for completion by 2023. The Cranbourne Line will be the first level crossing-free line in the state once the four level crossings are removed.
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