SHORTLISTED bidders were announced Tuesday 18 July for the first package of level crossing removals on the Frankston line. Work at Seaford Rd and the Patterson River Bridge will start early next year.
Two consortia: CPB/Aurecon and Lendlease/Acciona/Coleman Rail and WSP were shortlisted for the first package of works, which include level crossing removals at Seaford Rd, Seaford, as well as at Mascot Av, Station St and Eel Race Rd, Carrum.
The first works will include building a new station at Carrum; relocating the train stabling area from Carrum to Kananook to make way for new open space; new road-bridge over Patterson River connecting Station St and rail systems and power upgrades.
Level crossings on the Frankston line will be removed in stages so construction can start sooner and reduce traffic disruption.
Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny said the first package of works were expected to revitalise Carrum village with improved access to the beach, a new village square built around the new Carrum station, as well as landscaping and open space.
The Seaford project also includes landscaping, walking and cycling paths and upgrades to R.F Miles Reserve.
The contract for these works is expected to be awarded in December. The successful tenderer will then go on to deliver the remaining level crossing removals and station rebuilds at Cheltenham, Mentone Edithvale, Bonbeach, Cheltenham and Mentone.
“This is a significant step in removing eight more dangerous and congested level crossings on the Frankston line. We are reducing congestion, saving lives and creating thousands of jobs. Construction is due to start next year,” Ms Kilkenny said.