Aurecon, with its Alliance partners, were chosen by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) to design and construct the Level Crossing Removal Project: Caulfield to Dandenong.
Melbourne’s busiest rail lines, Cranbourne and Pakenham, use the level crossings that cross some of the most heavily congested roads in the region. Boom barriers at the crossings were down for up to 82 minutes in total during peak travel times.
By removing the level crossings and creating an elevated rail line, community and commuter safety has improved around the crossings themselves, but also enhanced the liveability of communities and reduced travel times for road users.
Traffic flow has also improved, and congestion has reduced on surrounding roads. The Alliance’s design significantly improved community connectivity and returned unused space to the community as green spaces and parkland.
Aurecon delivered the Caulfield to Dandenong package as part of an Alliance with CPB Contractors, Lendlease, WSP, LXRA and Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM). Aurecon was the Principal Engineer Designer, with WSP, across all disciplines:
The project included the redevelopment of five railway stations; Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park. Murrumbeena station achieved a 5-Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council Australia for its sustainable approach to design.
Additionally, the project removed nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs and provided signalling and power system upgrades between Flinders Street Station and Pakenham Station, to enhance rail network capacity and reliability.
This built on Aurecon’s involvement in the Victorian Government’s commitment to remove 75 level crossings around the state.
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.
Aurecon’s digital team ensured that all project teams worked collaboratively with live models that contained the most up-to-date project information. The digital team ensured that everything from modelled finished surface levels to modelled drainage, equipment and pits was easily accessible and exportable.
Learn more about how Aurecon and our Alliance partners embraced digital engineering in the case study below:
The project successfully challenged the status quo and created a united front to apply a variety of innovative solutions and experiences including:
The Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project has won numerous industry awards for its exemplar reimagining of the relationship between large rail infrastructure and public amenity.
List of awards: