A massive program to ease traffic congestion on Melbourne roads through the removal of rail crossings from Caulfield to Dandenong (CTD) has won the Built Environment category in the 2018 Premier's Sustainability Awards (Victoria).

The Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing project won the Premier's Sustainability Award

Pictured above: The CTD team celebrating the award including WSP’s Jeremy Gutierre in the back right

 

WSP together with Lendlease, CPB Contractors, Aurecon, the Level Crossing Removal Authority and Metro Trains Melbourne have transformed a previous brownfield rail corridor into 22.5 hectares of new linear park greenfields beneath the structure.

 

The CTD Level Crossing project is a large-scale upgrade to one of Melbourne’s busiest rail corridors.

 

Not only is this the biggest re-giving of land in Melbourne since the opening of the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1846, the project also provides significant opportunity to maximise ecological outcomes. It is also reconnecting communities that were previously split in half by the rail.

 

The project involves the construction of five new stations as well as nine level crossing removals, creating renewed village centres at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park.

 

The innovative elevated rail design embraces holistic sustainability from design through to construction and operation. The material use and reuse has seen the project set exceptionally high standards for waste and emissions reduction.

 

Overall, the project demonstrates that investment and innovation in infrastructure can provide benefits well beyond standards for rail upgrade projects. It showcases an approach that completely transforms, reimagines and connects rail infrastructure and community, and delivers sustainability.

 

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