Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project

Structural Designer

Aurecon, WSP

Client Name

Level Crossing Removal Authority


Melbourne, Australia

CPB Contractors/Lendlease


CPB Contractors/Lendlease - Construction alliance partners
Metro Trains Melbourne - Rail authority alliance partner
Aurecon/WSP - Design alliance partners
Cox/Aspect - Urban/landscape design
VSL - Construction sub-alliance


This infrastructure project replaced nine of Melbourne’s most dangerous and congested level crossings with a modern elevated rail design.

Long rail viaducts are not common in Australia, and this project incorporated many local industry firsts to meet the aggressive construction programme, and set a new standard in urban design integration.

Judge's comment:

The key challenge was constructing new rail infrastructure in an extremely constrained brownfields environment, whilst minimising disruption to road and rail users, and the local community.

The solution, a precast segmental box girder, was erected span by span with a fascinating straddle carrier system.

This is the first time a straddle carrier and launching beam system was used in Australia.

This construction method was significantly safer than conventional methods, allowed for a very tight construction programme, and minimised in-situ works on site.

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