CONSTRUCTION UPDATE – 10 FEBRUARY 2010

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 in Construction Update - 2010, Construction Updates

A) SOUTHERN SECTION
1. Underground section

All tunnel excavation – a total length of approximately 15.5 kilometers from Park Station to Marlboro Portal – was completed in September 2009. Civil works and tracklaying within the tunnels between the Portal and Sandton Station are complete and installation of associated electrical and mechanical infrastructure is well advanced. Within the remaining tunnel section to Park Station, civil works, including final lining, invert slabs, cable duct installation and walkways, are ongoing

The underground works also include the construction of seven emergency access shafts located at intervals along the single-track rail tunnel between Park Station and Sandton Station. These shafts will provide emergency services personnel access to the tunnels below. At the bottom of certain of these shafts there will be safe havens where passengers can gather in case of an emergency. Construction works are ongoing at each of these emergency access shafts.

PARK STATION

Construction of the Johannesburg Park Station adjacent multi-level parkade

Tiling and finishing works inside the Johannesburg Park Station concourse

At the underground station, the roof slab, concourse slab and the platforms are all substantially complete. Internal brickwork and plastering is well advanced at both concourse and platform levels. Wall tiling and mechanical and electrical (M&E) installations are ongoing. At the parkade structure, three of the six levels of deck slabs have been cast.

Reinstatement of Wolmarans Street is complete and this was opened to traffic on 16 January 2010. Preparations for the reinstatement of utilities and roadworks at Smit Street have commenced.

EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E1 (HILLBROW)

Construction works in the safe haven and technical rooms located at the bottom of this shaft are ongoing and construction of the surface head house structure will commence shortly.

EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E2 (THE WILDS, HOUGHTON)

Construction works in the safe haven and technical rooms located at the bottom of this shaft are ongoing.

EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E3 (RIVIERA)

Shaft construction works are complete. The head house structure on the surface is well advanced and M&E installations are in progress. Being a shallow shaft with direct access to the surface, there is no safe haven necessary at the bottom of this shaft.

EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E4 (HOUGHTON)

Shaft construction works are complete. The head house structure on the surface is well advanced and M&E installations will commence shortly. Like E3, being a shallow shaft with direct access to the surface, there is no safe haven necessary at the bottom of this shaft.

Construction of the head house structure over Emergency Shaft 4 in Houghton

Construction of the head house structure over Emergency Shaft 4 in Houghton

ROSEBANK STATION

Backfilling over the station top slab and the adjacent cut and cover at the northern end is in progress. Reinstatement of Oxford Road above the station structure will follow in the next few months. Platform structures, brickwork and plastering are all substantially complete and painting and plumbing at both platform and concourse levels are well advanced. Wall tiling within the station is ongoing. Elevators have been positioned within the station box and M&E installations are in progress.

At the parkade structure, located on corner of Oxford Road and Baker Street, columns and beams to the first floor of the parking deck are in progress.

Backfilling of the area on top of the Rosebank Station roofslab in preparation of the re-instatement of Oxford Road

Construction of the Rosebank Station concourse with the ticket office in the background

EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E5 (DUNKELD, ROSEBANK)

Construction of the safe haven and technical rooms located at the bottom of this shaft are in progress.

EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E6 (ILLOVO)

Construction of the technical rooms located at the bottom of this shaft is ongoing.

EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E7 (WESTERN SIDE OF RIVONIA ROAD, SANDTON)

Construction of the technical rooms located at the bottom of this shaft is ongoing.

SANDTON STATION

Underground station construction works are well advanced in the cavern section between the south and north shafts, as well as within the shafts themselves. These works include construction of the various platforms, the technical rooms and operational rooms, as well as the escalator and lift shafts and stairways that are located within the shafts. Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) installations are in progress and the escalators that will transport commuters between the station entrance and the underground platforms have been installed. Tracklaying within the station is complete and tiling of platforms has commenced. Erection of the structural steelwork frame that will form the station entrance structure located on the corner of Rivonia Road and West Street commenced at the end of January.

Construction of the adjacent multi-level parkade structure, is progressing apace.

Tile work and construction of commuter platforms at Sandton Station

Tunnel from Marlboro Portal at Sandton Station

MUSHROOM FARM PARK CONSTRUCTION SHAFT

Mushroom Farm Park was a temporary shaft, which was used to provide access for tunnel construction in both northern and southern directions simultaneously. All tunnelling and construction works carried out from this shaft were completed during 2009. The shaft was subsequently backfilled and the community park was reinstated, landscaped and upgraded.

The aerial balloon facility that has recently been established in the park is nothing to do with the Gautrain project – this is an independent arrangement entered into between the City of Johannesburg Parks Department and an unrelated commercial enterprise.

MARLBORO PORTAL

The portal at Marlboro is the point where the tunnel section ‘daylights’. It separates the underground and surface sections of the route.

Tracklaying within the dual tunnel section linking Marlboro Portal to Sandton Station is complete and the installation of associated railway infrastructure, such as signalling and communications, is well advanced.

2. Surface alignment

VIADUCTS 1A AND 11 OVER JUKSKEI RIVER AND EAST BANK ROAD

Viaducts 1A and 11, which are located between the Portal and Marlboro Station and carry the railway lines across the Jukskei River and East Bank Drive, are both complete and the rest of the construction works and railway installations in this area are also substantially complete, apart from some finishing works and landscaping.

MARLBORO STATION

At Marlboro Station, internal finishes – including floor and wall tiling and painting – are well advanced, as is glazing of the external walls of the concourse and over-platform links. Tiling of the platforms has recently commenced.

Railway tracks have been laid through the station and installation of associated railway equipment is ongoing.

Externally, works continue at the bus terminal, with kerb laying on the parking deck and construction of the boundary around the station site also in progress.

Testing of the electronic display boards at Marlboro Station

Installation of the ticket vending machines at Marlboro Station

B) NORTHERN SECTION (Depot to Hatfield Station)

VIADUCT 2 OVER MODDERFONTEIN SPRUIT

Viaduct 2 and the two adjacent bridges over the future Frankenwald and Maxwell Roads are complete, with railway infrastructure in place across all three of these structures. Erection of noise barriers along this section of the alignment is also complete.

TRAIN AND BUS DEPOTS

All Train Depot facilities, including the maintenance workshops, the train system administration buildings and operations control centre, are complete and operational. This centre is the heartbeat of Gautrain from where signalling, telecommunications, automatic fare collection, traction power and overhead distribution CCTV cameras and maintenance will be managed using world-class, high technology systems.

At the Train Depot, Gautrain’s 24 train sets will be maintained, serviced cleaned, and securely stabled overnight.

At the adjacent Bus Maintenance Depot, which will perform a similar function for Gautrain’s dedicated fleet of 125 luxury buses, construction is well advanced. This facility is located in the area that was occupied by the precast yard, which was dismantled a few months ago. Construction of the bus workshop, canteen, gatehouse, bus wash facility, fuel bay and apron slabs is ongoing, together with refurbishment of the admin building previously utilized as site offices.

RAIL YARD AND TRACKWORKS

All trackwork and the stabling sidings within the Depot area are complete, energized and operational.

On the mainline sections, trackworks are complete from Sandton Station to ORTIA on the East-West Line and to Dale Road in Midrand on the North-South Line. Other than in the tunnels, these lines are energized and operational.

Whilst dynamic testing of trains has been underway for the past year on the approximately 7 km long ‘test track’ section of the route from behind Linbro Park to Midrand, testing of trains has recently also commenced on the airport link.

Tracklaying from Dale Road northwards commenced in November last year and had progressed to just north of Midrand Station by the end of January.

Temporary butt-welding yard on the alignment between Midrand and Centurion Station

Track laying vehicle on the alignment between Midrand and Centurion Station

RAIL CAR ASSEMBLY AND TESTING

By the end of January, 49 of the 96 rail cars had been delivered to the Depot. This equates to 12 complete four-car trains.

Gautrain’s rolling stock of 96 rail cars is based on the renowned Bombardier Electrostar series, which is used extensively in the United Kingdom.

The first 15 rail cars were manufactured and fully assembled at Bombardier Transportation’s facility in Derby in the U.K. The manufacture of body shells and components for the remainder of the fleet is ongoing. All 15 of these Derby-built rail cars were delivered to the Depot during the first half of 2009.

The body shells and major components for the remaining 81 rail cars are being ‘flat packed’ into crates and shipped to South Africa for assembly in Nigel. Delivery to the Depot of rail cars assembled at Union Carriage and Wagon Partnership in Nigel, which commenced during April 2009, is ongoing.

Dynamic testing of train sets continues on the 7km test track adjacent to the Depot and, since the beginning of January, on the East-West lines to ORTIA.

VIADUCT 3 OVER ALLENDALE ROAD

North of the Depot, Viaduct 3 and all bridges, construction works and railway installations are substantially complete up to Midrand Station, with only some minor finishing items and completion of landscaping works outstanding. This section of the route includes the test track, where dynamic testing of train sets is ongoing.

MIDRAND STATION

At Midrand Station, station building works are well advanced, roof cladding to the platforms is substantially complete and is ongoing over the concourse. Interior tiling and finishing works, together with M&E installations, are ongoing. Platforms are substantially complete and platform tiling will commence in the next few weeks, Tracklaying through the station is in progress.

Retaining walls, earthworks and drainage for the parking areas are well advanced and layerworks and surfacing are ongoing

From Midrand Station to the Technopark area at Centurion, civil works are approaching completion. Completion of fencing, landscaping and finishing works are ongoing. Catenary masts have bee erected along most of this section and tracklaying is in progressing northwards from Midrand Station.

Construction of Midrand Station on top of Grand Central Bridge

Construction of the Midrand Station concourse and ticket offices

VIADUCT 4 OVER RIETSPRUIT AND OLIFANTSFONTEIN ROAD SOUTH

Viaduct 4 is complete and is ready for the installation of railway lines and associated railway infrastructure.

VIADUCT 5 OVER THE N1, BEN SCHOEMAN AND INCLUDING CENTURION STATION

Viaduct 5c carries the elevated Gautrain railway lines through Centurion, forming the link between the balanced cantilever viaducts crossing the N1 highway at John Vorster interchange in the south and the Ben Schoeman highway at the Jean Avenue interchange in the north. It supports the elevated Centurion Station platforms located approximately midway along its length.

A significant achievement during January this year was the completion of the final span at the southern end of Viaduct 5c, which is now linked to the balanced cantilever viaduct at John Vorster interchange. At the northern end of Viaduct 5c, where construction of the two remaining piers is in progress, erection of the ten remaining deck spans will continue once these piers have been completed.

Construction of the in-situ balanced cantilever deck sections for Viaduct 5 at John Vorster Avenue

Construction of the in-situ balanced cantilever deck sections for Viaduct 5 at Jean Avenue

Construction of the in-situ balanced cantilever deck sections at both the John Vorster and Jean Avenue Viaducts continues to progress steadily. Completion of the remaining span sections at both of these exceptionally graceful structures will be achieved during the second quarter of this year.

Construction of Centurion Station at Viaduct 5

Construction of the Centurion Station platform on top of Viaduct 5

The Centurion Station platforms are elevated and are located on Viaduct 5, which runs immediately adjacent and parallel to West Street. The concourse buildings and parking area are at ground level. Erection of the precast platforms and parapets atop the viaduct is complete and platform roof cladding is well advanced. Station building works, platform access stairs and lift shaft construction are all substantially complete. The structural steel curtain wall framing to the concourse area is in progress. Finishing trades within the concourse have commenced and mechanical and electrical installations within the technical rooms are ongoing. Earthworks and dynamic compaction of the parking area continue and layer works are in progress.

VIADUCT 6 OVER EEUFEES ROAD

At Viaduct 6, piling at the southern abutment is ongoing and four of the six deck spans have been completed.

VIADUCT 7 OVER NELSON MANDELA BOULEVARD

Construction of this viaduct is progressing apace. The deck to the section that will carry the railway lines across Nelson Mandela Boulevard is well advanced and parapet erection is in progress. Pier and trestle beam construction for the remaining sections of this “Y-shaped” structure that will cross over the existing railway lines is ongoing, together with placing of the M-beams for the bridge decks.

PRETORIA STATION

At Pretoria Station, concrete and building works, as well as the platform and concourse roof cladding, are substantially complete. Curtain wall framing and glazing are approaching completion and internal finishing works are ongoing. Mechanical and electrical installations have commenced. Parking area construction has started and refurbishing of the historically significant coach washing shed, that has been incorporated into the station design, will commence shortly.

Tiling and finishing works inside the Pretoria Station concourse

Construction of the Pretoria Station platforms

HATFIELD STATION

Structural works for the concourse slab being constructed over the future platforms are progressing apace, as does construction of the adjacent parkade structure, where most of the final eighth level deck had cast by month end.

Between Pretoria Station and Hatfield Station, a number of bridges crossing the existing PRASA railway line require to either be widened or lengthened to accommodate the adjacent Gautrain tracks. Whilst most of these bridges have already been completed and reopened to traffic, works on the remaining structures are ongoing. Extensive lateral support works in cuttings, together with the earthworks and construction of the retaining structures necessary to widen the existing embankments, are ongoing.

Construction of the adjacent multi-story parkade at Hatfield Station

Structural works for the construction of Hatfield Station concourse and platform

C) EAST-WEST AIRPORT LINK

3. Airport Link (Marlboro Station to OR Tambo International Airport)

Civil construction works are substantially complete along the entire airport link, which includes eleven bridges, three viaducts and a number of other structures, including the platforms for a future station at Modderfontein. Remaining works are limited to some final finishings and completion of landscaping in certain areas.

Trackworks and associated railway infrastructure are also complete, with this section of the route now energized and operational.

VIADUCT 13 OVER CENTENARY WAY, MODDERFONTEIN

Viaduct 13 is complete, with the railway lines across this structure now in use.

VIADUCT 14 OVER ZUURFONTEIN ROAD AND RAILWAY LINE

Viaduct 14 is complete, with the railway lines across this structure now in use.

VIADUCT 15 INCLUDING RHODESFIELD STATION

Rhodesfield Station is positioned approximately one third of the way along Viaduct 15, directly above the existing PRASA railway lines running between Isando and Kempton Park. The platforms are elevated, with the station entrance, concourse and parking area located at ground level, on the eastern side of the existing railway lines.

Construction of the station is approaching completion. The platforms, access ways and the station buildings are all substantially complete. Internal finishes are well advanced and technical equipment and M&E installations are ongoing. Platform tiling will commence shortly. Railway tracks have been laid through the station and the lines are in use. Externally, the attenuation pond is complete and parking area construction is well advanced and ongoing.

Immediately adjacent to the Gautrain station, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) continues with construction of a new station on its system. This will provide commuters with a convenient transfer link between the Gautrain and PRASA systems. Construction of the PRASA station foundations and columns is ongoing and installation of railway lines through the new station is in progress.

Viaduct 15 is complete, with the railway lines across this structure now in use.

Construction of the Rhodesfield Station at Viaduct 15

Installation of the ticket vending machines at Rhodesfield Station

VIADUCT 15 INCLUDING OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT STATION

The ORTIA Station concourse is located at the eastern end of viaduct 15 and is directly linked to the departures level of the adjacent new Central Terminal Building, one level below.

Finishing works within the station concourse shell are substantially complete, as are electrical and mechanical installations. Ticket vending machines and fare gates have been installed and are being tested. Public address systems have been installed.

Externally, the platform structures and canopies are substantially complete, with platform tiling to commence shortly. Rail tracks have been installed through the station. Construction of the three sets emergency access stairs located at the ends on the platform is ongoing.

Testing of the Gautrain, trains arriving at OR Tambo International Airport Station

Installed fare gates at OR Tambo International Airport Station

D) OVERALL PROGRESS

Construction started at the end of September 2006. Gautrain will be completed in two phases:

  1. The first phase has a duration of 45 months. It includes the network between the OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton and includes the stations at OR Tambo, Rhodesfield, Marlboro and Sandton, together with the Depot and Operations Control Centre located near Allandale Road in Midrand.
  2. The second phase, being constructed concurrently, will be completed in 54 months, during 2011. It includes the remainder of the rail network and stations linking Sandton to Park Station in Johannesburg and the route from Midrand to Hatfield.

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