AUD 140m to be spent on Vic rail project

Work on the Springvale Road Rail Separation at Nunawading is on track with the VicRoads alliance partners announced today for the $140 million project.
Victorian Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas said the project to remove the busy Springvale Road level crossing and construction of the new grade separation was complex and required a strong alliance partnership to successfully complete the works.
“I’m pleased to announce that John Holland and designers Arup and KBR Pty Ltd will join VicRoads in an alliance to design, deliver and manage works for this key project, funded with $80 million from the Federal Budget and $60 million from the State Budget,” Mr Pallas said.
 “This project will also boost the Victorian economy, create more than 100 direct jobs and many more for suppliers and subcontractors.”
Mr Pallas said the alliance, which also includes Department of Transport and Connex, would deliver the project by early 2010, benefiting the local community, road users and rail travellers alike.
Federal Member for Deakin, Mike Symon MP, said: “Residents in the outer east have been waiting a very long time for news that something is finally being done to fix Springvale Road.
“This project will reduce traffic congestion through the intersection and boost road safety, for motorists and pedestrians, by removing the boom gates that are the source of the traffic problem. In the past five years alone, there have been 50 crashes causing injury and death.
“And a new railway station for Nunawading is a key component of this project, replacing the old facilities that are used by 3000 local commuters a day.
“Preconstruction works are already underway for this project, and I am extremely pleased that the State Government has moved so quickly to lock in the construction partners that will deliver such a complex project.
There will be intensive works at the site during the quieter December to January holiday period to minimise disruption, with train services to be replaced by buses while the rail line is lowered and Nunawading station is reconstructed.

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