ACCIONA wins €382m contract to eliminate level crossings in Australia


ACCIONA, in consortium with Lendlease, has won a €382m contract to design and build the Southern Program Alliance work package, a project to eliminate railway level crossings in the state of Victoria, Australia.

ACCIONA won the contract through Coleman Rail, a subsidiary of ACCIONA Geotech, which is specialised in railway projects, and ACCIONA Construction Australia.

The project, taken up by the Level Crossing Removal Authority of the Victoria government, is expected to contribute to improving living standards in the areas along the Frankston railway line southeast of Melbourne.

Under the project, several level crossings in the Carrum and Seaford districts will be removed and road network will be reconfigured. In addition, modern train stations will be constructed with improved village areas, and a new train storage facility will be built in Kananook.

Completion of the first phase of the project is expected to revitalise Carrum village, separate rail and road traffic, reduce road congestion and improve access to housing, shops and the beach.

An additional five level crossings in the area will be eliminated in the next five years.

Coleman Rail, specialised in the design and execution of railway and metro infrastructures, was designated in July as the single preferred proponent for the Ballarat Rail Line upgrade in Victoria.

This was ACCIONA’s first success in Australia after the acquisition of local engineering and construction group Geotech and the creation of ACCIONA Geotech Holding to handle the civil engineering work in Australia and New Zealand.

ACCIONA has been involved in infrastructure (construction and water) and energy projects in Australia since 2002.

ACCIONA Geotech operates throughout Australia with wide experience in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of complex infrastructures.

The company has constructed the Legacy Way tunnels in Brisbane and is currently building the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, the Warrell Creek - Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway, the Clarence River Bridge, and Sydney Light Rail.

Victoria Government looks invest A$6.9bn ($5.4bn) on its Level Crossing Removal project which looks to eliminate 50 level crossings in Melbourne by 2022.

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