Level Crossing Removal Project: Blackburn, Heatherdale, Main and Furlong Roads, Australia


Level Crossing Removal Project: Blackburn, Heatherdale, Main and Furlong Roads, Australia

Removing dangerous level crossings to improve safety in our communities

The Victorian Government selected Aurecon, together with Alliance partners CPB Contractors and Arcadis, to deliver level crossing removals at four of Melbourne’s priority sites that included Blackburn Road in Blackburn, Heatherdale Road in Mitcham, and Main and Furlong roads in St Albans. The Alliance also included VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and was overseen by the Level Crossing Removal Authority.

The 480 million dollar package of works saw rail lines lowered under the road at each of the locations and new stations built at St Albans, Ginifer and Heatherdale. Train platforms were also relocated to below street level.

A multidisciplinary and collaborative Alliance

Aurecon drew expertise from teams across transportinfrastructure and built environment to provide a full package of engineering services. This included rail, civil, bridges, station design and support throughout the entire construction life cycle.

Aurecon has worked closely with VicRoads, the Level Crossing Removal Project, local councils and Alliance and construction partners to manage State Government approvals to facilitate the removal of level crossings, and delivery of new stations and public open space at 19 of the 39 sites to date.

This included the planning and delivery of removals at Furlong, Main, Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads as well as the multi-award winning Caulfield to Dandenong, plus the delivery at Evans Road and Cardinia. Aurecon has also provided the planning of Burke and North Roads as well as Bayswater (Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road).

Aurecon is currently completing the delivery of Fitzgerald and Robinsons Roads. Navigating the complex planning approvals, and delivering solutions that improve connectivity, is critical for the timely delivery of the Victorian Government’s commitment to increase public safety, facilitate micro-economic efficiencies via improved traffic flow, increase connectivity and revitalise communities.

The benefits

Removing the crossings will:

  • deliver significant safety improvements
  • improve travel around Melbourne
  • make our roads more reliable
  • stimulate economic growth by creating thousands of jobs during construction
  • revitalise local communities
  • enable more trains to run more often and on time

This project was completed in mid-2017 and forms part of the Victorian Government’s coordinated programme to remove 75 level crossings across Melbourne.

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