Level Crossing Removal Project


Customer: Victorian State Government | Level Crossing Removal Project

Contract: Alliance

Location: Victoria, Australia

Fast Facts (as at April 2022)

  • 6 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
  • 3 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, 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 four years, the Alliance successfully completed six 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. Delivered six days early.
  2. Abbots Road in Dandenong South – a rail over road bridge in an industrial zone. Delivered one day early.
  3. Aviation Road in Laverton – a rail over road bridge within a busy shopping precinct. Delivered on time.
  4. Werribee Street in Werribee - a rail over road bridge, including the main ARTC freight line. Delivered on time.
  5. Cherry Street in Werribee - a road over rail bridge adjacent to the busy shopping centre of Werribee. Delivered on time.
  6. Ferguson Street in Williamstown - a lowering of the rail under a busy arterial road and construction of a new station. Delivered on time.

See the photo gallery below for pictures of completed projects.

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 two level crossings: one in Hoppers Crossing (Old Geelong Road) and one in Williamstown North (Ferguson Street). The Alliance is also duplicating the Cranbourne Line in Melbourne’s south east, which involves two level crossings, two new rail bridges, signalling works and 5.5 km 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 drones paired with 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.


With a focus on carbon reduction, the Alliance minimised diesel-powered mobile generators for site power by adopting renewables in the form of a ‘mobile renewable generator’. The system, that was recently recognised by the Clean Energy Council as an innovation in infrastructure, is designed by leading edge Melbourne-based company Black Stump Technologies.

This solution is grid connected and directly replaces grid electricity with 100% renewable energy, forecast to save 116 tonnes of carbon equivalents per year.

Examples from our other projects include, solar pedestrian traffic lights, biodiesel generators and small site safety sheds fitted with solar to reduce carbon emissions during construction.

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