The Victorian Premier, the Hon Denis Napthine MP has announced NetworX as the preferred proponent for the Springvale Level Crossing Removal Project.

NetworX, comprising McConnell Dowell, Balfour Beatty Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Beca, will join VicRoads, PTV and MTM in an Alliance to design and build the project.

The project will remove the level crossing from Springvale Road by lowering the rail line beneath the road. This will improve safety, reduce congestion and decrease vehicle travel times along Springvale Road. A station will be built below road level and with a forecourt that will act as a pivot point and orientation space for the public by linking the four quadrants of Springvale in a vibrant and visible fashion.

NetworX Alliance General Manager Peter Fraser said, ‘this is a great opportunity to use infrastructure improvements to reinvigorate Springvale.’

‘The fully integrated team has developed an innovative and cost-effective road, rail and station solution.’

‘With a robust design, solid construction approach and the strong synergies of our team we will set a new standard for the design and delivery of level crossing removal projects in Victoria.

‘This project will significantly improve transport network efficiency, facilitate commercial activity and be a catalyst for the creation of a well-connected, vibrant and safer community in Springvale,’ said Mr Fraser.

Parsons Brinckerhoff and Beca will undertake the design works supported by Architects Caldis Cook and Jackson Architecture.

Balfour Beatty brings their specialist services in rail systems and rail occupations to the role of joint constructor with McConnell Dowell.

Construction is scheduled to begin in June with an anticipated completion by the end of 2014.