Customer: Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP)
Contract type: Alliance
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
As the primary contractor and leader of the Western Program Alliance, McConnell Dowell duplicated part of the Dandenong - Cranbourne rail line in Melbourne's outer east. Now complete, this vital upgrade enables trains every ten minutes on the busy Cranbourne line.
The project was split across two alliances with the Western Program Alliance's scope of work encompassing the duplication of approximately 5.5 km of track on the northern section of the line; the duplication of two existing rail bridges (at Abbotts Road and Eumemmerring Creek); and the removal of a level crossing at Greens Road in Dandenong.
The team also completed a new 862 m rail spur line called the Port Rail Shuttle in Dandenong South that will help take freight off the road. The new rail spur connects the main rail line with Salta Properties' freight hub, so containers can be transported by rail the entire way from the Port of Melbourne.
A key feature of the project was the construction of the new bridge at environmentally significant Eumemmering Creek.
In another sustainability initiative, and to save carbon emissions from construction activities, the project team purchased solar-powered light stands to replace noisy diesel-powered light towers. Not only is this better for the environment and surrounding communities, the units are more cost-effective and transportable.
Due to a powerful battery within each light tower, they can generate light for up to 15 hours, making them suited to low light periods and even night works over the winter. We worked together with Generators Australia to come up with a design able to match a range of construction-focused specifications.