Great things have happened at North Strathfield, as the North Strathfield Rail
Underpass Alliance pushes a tunnel for freight trains under the existing
The tunnel will allow freight to move more easily from the main North Line at
North Strathfield, westward towards Flemington.
The North Strathfield Rail Underpass Alliance is constructing the rail underpass
under the Main North Lines at North Strathfield, removing the need for freight
trains to cross over the existing tracks before they continue their journey
The project forms part of the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program, a joint
initiative of the Australian and NSW governments to improve the capacity and
reliability for freight services between North Strathfield and Newcastle.
The project has been designed for Transport for NSW by NSRU Design Joint Venture
(SKM & PB) and Mott Macdonald.
The key features of the project include:
- a new rail underpass for freight trains
at North Strathfield
- new track to connect to the existing
relief goods loop at North Strathfield
- 2.4 km of new track and upgrade of 850 m
of existing track
- a new aerial concourse and the
installation of four new lifts at Concord West station.
- relocation of an existing RailCorp depot
at North Strathfield Station
- associated civil and structural works
- provision of new rail systems, including
overhead wire, high voltage, low voltage, communications and signalling
The project is being delivered by Transport for NSW, John Holland Group and
Bouygues Travaux Publics Australia.
A road header is excavating the tunnel underpass, and the surveyors use the new
Setout tools and trimeshes in 12d Field for all set out and conformance on the
Dave Mares (Alliance Survey Manager) said, “12d
Field exceeded their expectations on this project, and its features surpassed
the overseas software traditionally used for this type of project”.
--As featured in the Dirt Digger Newsletter - Issue 33, December 2014
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