Questions on Notice No 1137
59 Parliament First Session
Asked: 26 November 2019

Level Crossing Removal Project

MR DAVIS — To ask the Minister for Roads (for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure): In relation to the 2016 contract awarded to the Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon and Metro Trains Melbourne  alliance for the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project:

(1)    What was the total payment, including payments for contract variations, at contract close.

(2)    On what date were regular services disrupted due to the level crossing removal works.

(3)    On what date did regular services resume post level crossing removals.

(4)    How has this project improved the reliability of metropolitan, regional and freight services, including trains arriving on time and more often.

Footnote: Parts 1, 2 and 4 reinstated on 3 June 2020
Answered: 17 March 2020

(1) A $1.6 billion contract was awarded to remove nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong and upgrade 80 kms of power and signalling on the Cranbourne and Pakenham Lines to enable the future operation of High Capacity Metro Trains. In the 2019-20 State Budget, $795 million was allocated for network upgrade works to enable the operation of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel, with works on the Cranbourne and Pakenham Lines being delivered by the Caulfield to Dandenong Project Alliance. Like most major infrastructure projects, contracts are finalised some years after construction has finished to allow time for rectification works to take place if required. The Level Crossing Removal Project is currently forecast to deliver all 75 level crossing removals within its project budget by 2025.

(2) The project construction methodology, using an Australian-first rail straddle carrier, ensured trains could continue to run during the majority of the works. Most rail line occupations were scheduled during the school holiday period to minimise disruption to the community.

(3) The nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong were removed in three stages, with all nine removed and trains running on 18 June 2018.

(4) The Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project is part of an overarching program of work to upgrade and improve Victoria's transport network. Removing nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong has contributed to the reliability of services along the line, as trains will no longer be delayed by level crossing faults or vehicles stuck across the tracks. Additional work on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, including signalling and power upgrades in preparation for High Capacity Metro Trains to run, will continue to improve reliability of services on these lines. The Metro Tunnel project will allow for 121, 000 peak hour passengers every week on the Cranbourne and Pakenham line with travel times slashed by up to 50 minutes.


Hon Jacinta Allan MP

Minister for Transport Infrastructure

Answered: 8 December 2020

I thank the Member for Southern Metropolitan Region for his question. 

Between April 2016 and June 2018, sections of the Dandenong rail corridor were impacted by 27 occupations that were limited to weekends and a further eight occupations that were extended (i.e longer than two days). Throughout, construction crews were often able to undertake work without disrupting regular passenger services thanks to innovative construction methodology and by undertaking substantial night-time works on the busiest rail corridor on the network. Of the eight extended occupations, three were major 16-day commissioning occupations that were held in January 2018, March-April 2018 and June 2018. At the completion of each of these commissioning occupations, trains began operating on a section of elevated rail and new stations opened. 


Hon Jacinta Allan MP

Minister for Transport Infrastructure