Preferred consortium announced for $1.6bn Level Crossing Removals

Sophia Rostron   |   February 7, 2016

CIMIC Group Company, CPB Contractors, has been chosen as the preferred consortium to design and construct the Level Crossing Removal Project:Caulfield to Dandenong in Melbourne. CPB Contractors will deliver the Caulfield to Dandenong package as part of an Alliance with Lendlease, WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon, LXRA and MTM.

The package of works is part of the Victorian Government’s $2.4 billion commitment to remove at least 20 level crossings by 2018 and 50 by 2022. Revenue to CPB Contractors will be confirmed at contract execution.

Construction is scheduled to commence in June 2016 and will be complete by mid2018.


Photo: Level Crossing Removal Authority - Murrumbeena Station


The Alliance beat Excelerate, a consortium including John Holland, Kellogg Brown and Root, McConnell Dowell Constructors and Jacobs. Both consortiums were shortlisted in early July 2015. 

CIMIC Group Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “CIMIC Group is committed to working with our clients to deliver sustainable transport solutions. We value the opportunity to contribute our experience to Victoria’s level crossing removals which are improving safety, reducing congestion and creating more connected communities.”

CPB Contractors Managing Director Román Garrido said: “Rail infrastructure delivery is a core capability for CPB Contractors. We are pleased to continue working with LXRA and Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) to deliver greater rail network efficiency and a range of community and economic benefits.

“Our Alliance team integrates design, civil, building, track, electrical and signalling specialists experienced in delivering major projects safely within the live rail network.”

The winning bidder used PlantMiner to source rates for their tender. 



The Victorian Government has released proposed designs for the nine level crossing removals between Caulfield and Dandenong, featuring elevated sections of rail and transforming Melbourne's busiest rail corridor into public open space.

The $1.6 billion project to remove every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong also includes five new stations to be built at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park, and upgraded signalling and power along the corridor.

You can learn more about each of the level crossing sites: 

The innovative design centres on three sections of modern elevated rail, which will create 225,000 square metres – the equivalent of 11 MCGs – of community open space for new parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities, car parking and a range of other uses that will be chosen by locals.

This modern design built over the existing rail line will also spare passengers and drivers years of disruption during construction. The majority of the work can be completed with trains and roads running normally.

We are inviting the community to have their say on the proposed designs by visiting our Your Suburb, Your Say engagement portal from 8 February 2016.

The Caulfield to Dandenong package will create more than 2,000 jobs and be delivered by a consortium including CPB Contractors and Lend Lease. Construction will begin this year, and be completed in 2018.


Have you been watching this project closely? Want to know what the Level Crossing Removal Authority was looking for when it considered the two shortlisted tenders? We'll you're in luck - we've created this free eBook based on a State Government Tendering workshop which lists the three methods evaluating officers use to distinguish bids. Check it out! 

Sophia Rostron
As the Content editor at Felix (formerly PlantMiner), Sophia works behind the scenes to keep our blog machine in motion. A student of Law and Business, she's very dependent on coffee and loves any excuse to travel.

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