Cranbourne Line Upgrade

Customer:  Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP)

Location:  Melbourne, Victoria  

Contract type: Alliance 

Project Capabilities

Civil Rail

 Fast Facts

  • Approximately 5.5 km of track duplication, including all associated track and signal systems
  • Duplication of two rail bridges
  • Removal of two level crossings

Under the Western Program Alliance, McConnell Dowell is duplicating part of the Dandenong - Cranbourne rail line in Melbourne's outer east.  This vital upgrade will allow for trains every ten minutes on the busy Cranbourne line.

The project is 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 two level crossing in Dandenong, one at Greens Road (under construction) and the other at Webster Street (future project).

The project is well underway with the new bridge at Eumemmering Creek successfully installed recently (watch the video), and the overall project is on schedule to be completed in 2022. The project minimised its environmental footprint when working over the Eummering Creek by using a launching truss system for the bridge construction.


In a move to save carbon emissions from construction activities, the project team purchased solar-powered light stands to replace noisy diesel-powered light towers with a model that is not only better for the environment and surrounding communities, but 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.



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