Contract awarded for level crossing removal on Cranbourne Line

The Victorian Government awarded a AUD 92 million (USD 66.2 million) contract to an alliance comprising Fulton Hogan Construction, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and the Level Crossing Removal Project to remove the Camms Road level crossing on the Cranbourne Line.

Early works will soon kick off at Camms Road including setting up the site, building work sheds and fencing off the work area to keep the community and workers safe.

Throughout 2022 the crew will work on relocating utility services and completing earthworks to prepare the area for the new bridge. The project will see one of the last two remaining level crossings on the Cranbourne line removed a year ahead of schedule in 2024, to reduce road congestion and allow more trains to run, more often.

In 2021, concept designs of the Camms Road level crossing removal were released for community feedback, with more than 540 pieces of feedback received. Improvements to safety, walking and cycling connections, landscaping and architectural elements were among the key themes.

Based on this feedback, a new, safe connection will be built for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the rail line, with the road bridge to feature wide, well-lit paths and the opportunity to enhance the local area through design elements and landscaping.

The road bridge design will ensure surrounding streets and paths are better connected, including Fairfield Street, which provides access for eight bus services to Cranbourne station each day. The solution also future proofs the area for possible transport upgrades on the Cranbourne line, as well as a possible future rail extension to Clyde.

The Camms Road level crossing follows recent benefits for passengers as part of the Cranbourne Line upgrade project, including track duplication between Cranbourne and Dandenong which allowed 50 extra services to run on the line each week, a new Merinda Park Station and the removal of the level crossing at Greens Road, Dandenong South.

The dangerous and congested Camms Road level crossing in Cranbourne will be removed bringing the Cranbourne line closer to be level crossing free by 2025 when two more level crossings at Webster Street, Dandenong and Camms Road, Dandenong South will be removed.

This project, together with the Metro Tunnel, will create a 121,000 additional capacity for passengers every week on the Cranbourne line and save passengers travelling from Cranbourne or Pakenham up to 30 minutes off a return journer to Parkville, or up to 50 minutes off a return journey to St Kilda Road.

Cranbourne Line upgrade project covers level crossing removal, track-doubling works on a 8 km section and the construction of the new Merinda Park station. under the project, second rail bridges at Abbotts Road and Eumemmerring Creek in Dandenong South will be installed and a new track to connect Dandenong with the Port Rail Shuttle Network will be constructed.

As part of the Level Crossing Removal project, 85 level crossings will be removed by 2025, with 58 already removed.


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