Over the next eight years the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) will oversee the removal of 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne.
This is a very complex project, with high risk works impacting train commuters, local business and road users alike, with stations closed for intensive construction “blitz” periods.
Complexities of the project included relocation of utilities, infrastructure, signalling and traffic management, and consultations with VicRoads, Metro trains, and various utility service providers.
At the first stage, WTP provided more than 116 estimates for the project options report including running risk adjusted estimates within an extremely tight program, all of which were completed to the satisfaction of the LXRA and the Gateway Review Panel.
The second stage of the project was to provide detailed reference Design Estimates for the sites which were programmed for tender.
Our work included establishing a high level order of costs, creating a cost matrix or allocating high, medium and low project options assessments, and liaison with engineers to determine the particular difficulties of each site.
Construction has started at a further 15 crossing removals, and by the end of 2018 work will be underway or complete on the removal of 35 of Victoria’s worst crossings, with 50 level crossings to be removed by 2022.