Level Crossing Removal Project


Customer: Victorian State Government | Level Crossing Removal Project

Contract: Alliance

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Fast Facts (as at September 2022)

  • 7 level crossing removed
  • 800 metres of track duplicated on the Altona Loop
  • Over 14.5km of new track laid
  • 11 intersections crossed
  • Over 37 kilometres of underground services relocated or upgraded
  • Over 3.5 million hours worked lost time injury free
  • $265 million invested in local businesses for labour and materials
  • 2 additional level crossings underway

McConnell Dowell is the constructor and leader of the Western Program Alliance, delivering part of the Victorian state government’s ambitious level crossing removal program, which is set to remove 85 level crossings by 2025.

The Alliance brings together the Level Crossing Removal Project, MTM (network operator), and Arup and Mott MacDonald as design partners.

In its first five years, the Alliance successfully completed seven level crossing removals in Melbourne’s western and south eastern suburbs, namely:

  1. Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North – a rail over road bridge and duplication of 800 metres of track on the Altona Loop
  2. Abbots Road in Dandenong South – a rail over road bridge in an industrial zone
  3. Aviation Road in Laverton – a rail over road bridge within a busy shopping precinct
  4. Werribee Street in Werribee - a rail over road bridge, including the main ARTC freight line
  5. Cherry Street in Werribee - a road over rail bridge adjacent to the busy shopping centre of Werribee
  6. Ferguson Street in Williamstown - a lowering of the rail under a busy arterial road and construction of a new station
  7. Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing - a new road over rail bridge and new station facilities. 

See the photo gallery below for pictures of completed projects.

The Alliance has also completed the design and construction of a new train stabling facility in Wyndham Vale for V/Line and duplicated the Cranbourne Line in Melbourne’s south east.

The Alliance is currently removing two more level crossings: one in Deer Park (Mt Derrimut Road) and one in Narre Warren (Webb Street).


With a strong focus on creative ideas and continuous improvement, the Alliance has achieved many innovations including:

Project Gallery