Customer: Victorian State Government

Contract: Level Crossing Removal Project

Location: Victoria Australia




Project Capabilities

Civil Mechanical Rail Roads & Bridges

 Fast Facts (as at March 2021)

  • 3 level crossing removed
  • 800 metres of track duplicated on the Altona Loop
  • Over 14.5km of new track laid
  • 10 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
  • 4 additional level crossings and duplication of the Cranbourne Line 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.

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

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

  • Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North – a rail over road bridge and duplication of 800 metres of track on the Altona Loop. Delivered six days early.
  • Abbots Road in Dandenong South – a rail over road bridge in an industrial zone. Delivered one day early.
  • Aviation Road in Laverton – a rail over road bridge within a busy shopping precinct. Delivered on time

Due to their excellent delivery performance, the Alliance was also awarded and completed the design and construction of a new train stabling facility in Wyndham Vale for V/Line.

The Alliance is currently focused on delivering an additional four level crossings: three between Werribee and Hoppers Crossing and one in Wilimastown North. The Alliance is also duplicating the Cranbourne Line in Melbourne’s south east, which involves multiple level crossings, signalling works and 8km of track duplication.

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

  • Drone Survey Initiative: the use of sophisticated drones paired with latest cloud-based sofware, to survey the projects and monitor the team's progress
  • Connected Site Initiative: a collaboration with technology leader Orange that has seen the “Internet of Things” used on a major infrastructure construction site to deliver increased productivity, reduced costs and enhanced safety outcomes
  • Recycled Sleeper Initiative: laying 120 recycled plastic sleepers for an 80m trial on the V/Line network - an Australian first for a regional passenger line
  • PFAS contaminated soil reuse initiative: Through collaboration with the EPA, the team developed a soil encapsulation and reuse method that avoided off site relocation of the waste, saving 187,000kg of transport related CO2.

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