On 8 June 2010, Phase 1 of the Gautrain System was opened for commercial service. The first phase operations include the airport train service between Sandton Station and OR Tambo International Airport, a commuter service between Sandton and Rhodesfield – with an intermediate stop at Marlboro Station – as well as dedicated feeder and distribution bus services to and from the Sandton and Rhodesfield Stations. The Operations Control Centre, together with the Train and Bus Depot facilities located just south of Allandale Road in the Midrand area, were also completed as part of the first phase scope of works.
The remaining sections of Sandton Station required for the Phase 2 operations are now substantially complete. These works included completion of the podium slab over the station complex, the remaining parking facilities, the third platform to service the southbound line to the Rosebank and Park stations and an undercover municipal taxi terminus. The reinstatement of Rivonia Road, which also formed part of these works, was completed and the road was re-opened to traffic in its final two-way configuration during December 2010.
Monthly Construction Updates now focus on progress of the Gautrain Phase 2 works, comprising the underground section between Sandton Station and Park Station and the route between Midrand Station and Hatfield Station.
1. Underground Section
Within the southern portion of the Phase 2 tunnel section between Sandton Station and Johannesburg Park Station, the civil works are complete. Tracklaying within the completed tunnel is also approaching completion and has currently progressed southwards from Rosebank Station to the final section adjacent to the platform within Park Station itself. Test running of trains and testing of the signalling system between Sandton and Rosebank Stations commenced during January 2011 and is 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 at four of these emergency access shafts are substantially complete and are ongoing at the remaining three.
All structural works for the station and parkade are complete, including the concrete ventilation chamber at the northern end of the platforms and the cut and cover linking the station to the tunnel portal. Backfilling of the cut and cover structure commenced during January 2011 and is ongoing.
Within the underground station, internal finishes and mechanical and electrical (M&E) installations are well advanced and platform tiling is substantially complete. Ticket vending machines and fare gates have been installed on the concourse level.
At the parkade structure, works are substantially complete, with pavement canopy installation and the erection of shadeport structures on the top parking level currently in progress. Cladding of the structural steel entrance pavilion on the southern side of Wolmarans Street is substantially complete, with façade glazing to follow. Construction of the ventilation structure on the northern side of Smit Street is also approaching completion, as are the M&E installations within this shaft.
The reinstatement of Wolmarans Street and Smit Street is complete and both of these roads are open to traffic. Reinstatement of the two remaining roads bordering Park Station – Eloff and Joubert Streets – is also substantially complete, but these will not be opened to traffic until the station external works are further progressed.
EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E1 (HILLBROW)
At Shaft E1, all construction works and M&E installations – including the lift – are substantially complete, as are the external works and landscaping.
EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E2 (THE WILDS, HOUGHTON)
At Shaft E2, installation of the structural steelwork access structure within the shaft is complete, construction of the surface head house building has reached roof level and installation of the lift will follow shortly. Landscaping and external works will be completed within the next three months.
EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E3 (RIVIERA)
At Shaft E3, all construction works and M&E installations – including the lift – are substantially complete, as are the external works and landscaping.
EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E4 (HOUGHTON)
At Shaft E4, all construction works and M&E installations – including the lift – are substantially complete, as are the external works and landscaping.
At Rosebank Station, works within the underground station are approaching completion. The first Electrostar train arrived in Rosebank during January 2011. Since then, test running of trains and testing of the signalling system along the route between Rosebank and Pretoria has been taking place and is ongoing.
The parkade structure is also substantially complete, with final finishings and installation of shadeport canopies on the upper parking deck in progress.
The phased reinstatement of Oxford Road adjacent to the station is ongoing. These road reinstatement works, which are being carried out on a phased basis to enable the two station entrances and the ventilation structure located on the western side of Oxford Road to be constructed, are scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2011. The reinstatements of Baker Street and the section of Oxford Road to the south of the station up to Bolton Road are ongoing. Works to both of the western entrances and the ventilation shaft are well advanced. The structural steel canopy structures have been erected, roof cladding has been completed and side cladding has commenced. Within the entrances, the escalator and the lift have been installed, stair tiling is complete and final finishes are in progress.
EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E5 (DUNKELD, ROSEBANK)
At Shaft E5, all construction works and M&E installations – including the lift – are substantially complete. Completion of the external works and landscaping will follow in the coming weeks.
EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E6 (ILLOVO)
At Shaft E6, installation of the structural steelwork access structure within the shaft itself is complete, lift installation is also approaching completion and construction of the head house structure is well advanced. Reinstatement of the adjacent pavements will commence shortly and once all external works are complete, the temporarily closed lane of Melville Road will be re-opened to traffic.
EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E7 (WESTERN SIDE OF RIVONIA ROAD, SANDTON)
At Shaft E7, all construction works and M&E installations – including the lift – are substantially complete, as are the external works and landscaping.
2. Northern Section (Depot to Hatfield Station)
DEPOT TO MIDRAND
Between the Depot and Midrand Station, all construction works are complete, as are all railway installations. The overhead catenaries are energised and test running of trains to Midrand Station commenced during December 2010. Test running of trains, together with testing of the signalling system, is ongoing along the full section of the route between Rosebank Station and Pretoria Station.
At Midrand Station, all works are substantially complete. Installation of street lighting along the new section of Grand Central Boulevard that provides access to the station from the Old Pretoria Road (K101) was completed during the month. Trains continue to run through the station on a regular basis en-route to and from Pretoria, as part of the current testing procedures.
MIDRAND TO CENTURION, INCLUDING VIADUCT 4 OVER RIETSPRUIT AND OLIFANTSFONTEIN ROAD SOUTH
From Midrand Station to Centurion, all construction works and railway installations are complete. The overhead catenaries are energised and test running of trains, together with testing of the signalling system along this section of the route, is ongoing.
CENTURION AREA, INCLUDING VIADUCT 5 OVER THE N1 AND BEN SCHOEMAN HIGHWAYS AND CENTURION STATION
Construction of all three of the Centurion viaducts is complete. These comprise Viaduct 5b – the balanced cantilever viaduct crossing the N1 and the John Vorster Interchange, Viaduct 5c – the approximately 3 km long segmental viaduct that carries the elevated Gautrain railway lines through Centurion and supports the Centurion Station platforms midway along its length and Viaduct 5d – the second balanced cantilever viaduct – that crosses the Ben Schoeman highway and the Jean Avenue Interchange. The overhead catenaries are energised and test running of trains along this section of the line, together with testing of the signalling system, is ongoing.
At Centurion Station, all structural and building works are complete. Within the station buildings, internal finishings and M&E works are also substantially complete. The overhead catenaries through the station up to Pretoria are energised and test running of trains through the station, which commenced during January 2011, is ongoing.
Externally, carpark construction is well advanced, with asphalt paving, roadmarking and the erection of shadeport structures substantially complete to the park and ride area. Roadworks at the bus terminus area and the West Street entrance are also approaching completion. The bus management building and the perimeter palisade boundary wall are both substantially complete. Pedestrian paved areas within the station boundary are well advanced and completion of external pavements and landscaping will follow in the coming weeks.
CENTURION TO PRETORIA, INCLUDING VIADUCT 6 OVER EEUFEES ROAD
Civil construction works along this section of the route – which include extensive earthworks, a number of bridges, U-shape structures through the military area and Viaduct 6 crossing Eeufees Road – are substantially complete. Remaining works include completion of drainage channels and maintenance roads, trimming of embankments, topsoiling and landscaping.
All railway installations are complete. The overhead catenaries are energised and test running of trains, together with testing of the signalling system along this section of the route, is ongoing.
PRETORIA STATION AND SATELLITE BUS DEPOT
At Pretoria Station, all works within the station are substantially complete, including the platform tiling. All railway installations are also complete and the overhead catenaries into the station are energised.
Test running of trains, together with testing of the signalling system between Rosebank Station and Pretoria Station, commenced in mid-January 2011 and is ongoing.
Externally, the car park and the bus terminal areas are well advanced, as is construction of the perimeter palisade boundary wall and the refurbishment of the heritage house, which will accommodate the bus management offices. Construction of the station ingress and egress routes is substantially complete, as are the various municipal road upgrades and widenings adjacent to the station.
Construction of the Pretoria satellite bus depot is ongoing. This facility is located to the north of the CBD, in the vicinity of the Pretoria Zoo. It is the base from where the fleet of Gautrain feeder and distribution buses that will serve the three stations in the Tshwane area will operate. Maintenance work and major servicing of the buses, however, will take place at the already operational Gautrain Bus Depot, which is located adjacent to the Train Depot and Operations Control Centre in Midrand. Construction of the guardhouse, the office building, the workshop and the utility buildings is well advanced and the concrete hardstand areas are substantially complete.
PRETORIA TO HATFIELD, INCLUDING VIADUCT 7 OVER NELSON MANDELA BOULEVARD
Viaduct 7 comprises a set of “Y-shaped” viaducts and flyovers that carry the Gautrain railway lines into Pretoria Station from the south and then across Nelson Mandela Boulevard and the adjacent PRASA railway network towards Hatfield. Construction of all of these structures is complete and the installation of trackwork and associated railway infrastructure across the decks has also been completed.
Between Pretoria Station and Hatfield Station, a number of bridges crossing the existing PRASA railway line have been either widened or lengthened to accommodate the adjacent Gautrain tracks. All of these bridges have already been completed and reopened to traffic, with minor finishing works ongoing. The extensive lateral support works in cuttings, together with the earthworks and construction of the retaining structures necessary to widen the existing embankments, are complete, as is construction of dividing walls between the Gautrain and PRASA railway lines. Erection of noise barriers and boundary fencing are also approaching completion. Tracklaying operations and the installation of associated railway infrastructure between Pretoria and Hatfield, which commenced during October 2010, are well advanced along the full length of this final section of the route.
At Hatfield Station, works within the station building and the parkade are substantially complete, apart from de-snagging and the finalisation of M&E testing and commissioning activities. Platform construction below the concourse slab is complete – including the platform canopy structures and cladding at either end – and the escalators between the concourse and the platform have been installed. Preparations for the start of platform tiling are in progress and this activity will follow once final tamping of the railway tracks through the station has been completed.
At the adjacent bus terminus area, the bus management building is substantially complete, the bus canopies have been erected and roof cladding to these structures will follow shortly. The Interlocking block paving to the traffic surfaces is substantially complete and paving of pedestrian walkways is well advanced. Final finishings and landscaping are the major activities remaining. Construction of the new Grosvenor Street bridge is complete and works on the bridge approach roads and surrounding municipal road upgrades are well advanced. This bridge, however, will only be opened to public traffic when station operations commence.
B) OVERALL PROGRESS
Construction started at the end of September 2006. Gautrain will be completed in two phases:
1. The first phase was initially planned to be of a 45 months contractual duration, but was completed three weeks ahead of this, on 08 June 2010. 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 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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