David Ness, Aurecon’s Market Director – Infrastructure, ANZ, said Aurecon is proud to be involved in a project that would provide so many benefits to the communities and residents of Melbourne.
“The upgrades will not only improve community and commuter safety around the crossings themselves but will enhance the liveability of our communities and reduce travel times for road and rail users. These objectives are our, and our Alliance partners’, number one consideration in the design of this project,” David said.
“Our (the Alliance’s) design also significantly improves community connectivity and we will be returning unused space to the community as green spaces and parkland.”
Aurecon will deliver the Caulfield to Dandenong package as part of an Alliance with CPB Contractors, Lendlease, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, LXRA and Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM). Along with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon are the Principal Engineer Designers across all disciplines, including rail, road, structures and systems.
The project will remove nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs and see five railway stations rebuilt at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park. It will provide signalling and power system upgrades between Flinders Street Station and Pakenham Station to enhance rail network capacity and reliability.
Construction is scheduled to commence in June 2016 and will be complete by mid-2018.
This builds on Aurecon’s involvement in the Victorian Government’s commitment to remove at least 20 level crossings by 2018 and 50 by 2022.
Aurecon, together with Alliance partners Leighton Contractors and Arcadis (formerly Hyder Consulting), are currently delivering level crossing removals at four of Melbourne’s priority sites that include Blackburn Road in Blackburn, Heatherdale Road in Mitcham, and Main and Furlong Roads in St Albans.