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That’s a wrap for Bayswater station

The Bayswater Level Crossing Removal Project is now complete. With the removal of two dangerous and congested level crossings at Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road as well as construction of the brand new Bayswater Station, all that’s left to complete are the balance of landscaping and streetscape works that are well underway.

The project team comprising Fulton Hogan, Laing O’Rourke and AECOM was awarded the contract back in November 2015, with major construction commencing in the first week of March 2016 and the main occupation complete with trains running 11 December 2016.

Mike Kenealy, Project Manager and his team put in the hard yards to deliver a significant amount of work within a short design and construction timeframe.

Works involved

  • Lowering the rail line below both roads
  • Raising Mountain Highway at the crossing  to optimise the grade line and maintain  access to the Train Maintenance Facility
  • Building a new Premium Bayswater Station with lifts, ramps and stairs to access the new island platform and meeting all disability access requirements
  • Reconstructing the station car park with no net loss of spaces across the line
  • Building improved walking and cycling infrastructure through the area
  • Constructing a new bus interchange to make it easier to transfer between buses and trains.

Key accomplishments

  • Main occupation works scheduled pre-Christmas 2016, avoiding other occupations scheduled and minimising disruption for retailers and the local community leading up to the Christmas period
  • Completed the 37 day occupation with trains running and new station open on 11 December 2016 as planned
  • During construction either Mountain Highway or Scoresby Road were kept open as a detour route while the other arterial road was closed
  • Diversion of 1700mm diameter Melbourne Water trunk main under the lowered rail at Mountain Highway using pipe jacking methodology
  • Our sustainability approach won a number of significant innovations and included an ISCA award for achieving a 93.5 score. This surpassed any previous scores for an infrastructure project and sets a new benchmark for level crossing projects
  • New starters who commenced on project throughout 2016 have now been deployed on the Northern Eastern Program Alliance (NEPA) or other Fulton Hogan projects across Melbourne.

By removing the level crossings and upgrading the station it has completely rejuvenated the Bayswater precinct, transforming the setting into a contemporary space that’s now accessible and safe for pedestrians and road users.

Congratulations to the entire project team on reaching this significant milestone. Everyone involved should be extremely proud of the part they have played in delivering an important piece of Victorian transport infrastructure.