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 were completed during March 2011. 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, the route between Midrand Station and Hatfield Station and the Pretoria Satellite Bus Depot.
The Phase 2 works are well advanced, with those between Rosebank Station and Pretoria Station, including all testing and commissioning (T&C) activities, being substantially completed during March 2011. Access to the full railway alignment between Rosebank and Pretoria – which includes all stations along this section of the route – was provided to the Bombela Operating Company in early March 2011. Under the control of the Operator, Trial Running between Rosebank and Pretoria Stations commenced on 08 March 2011, and is ongoing. Trial Running along the final links to Park Station and Hatfield Station will follow and is planned to commence within the next few weeks.
Trial Running, which follows completion of the T&C process during which all systems and sub-systems are commissioned and tested to demonstrate that they meet required performance standards, is carried out under the control of the Operator. Trial Running comprises numerous drills and exercises, familiarisation of staff with operating conditions and – during the latter stages – running of the full system to the service timetable.
1. Underground Section
Within the southern portion of the Phase 2 tunnel section, all civil works, tracklaying, railway infrastructure installations and T&C activities are complete between Sandton Station and Rosebank Station and Trial Running within this section of the tunnel, under the control of the Operator, commenced on 08 March 2011 and is ongoing. From Rosebank Station to Park Station, all civil works, tracklaying and railway infrastructure installations are also complete, and T&C activities are well advanced.
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 five of these emergency access shafts are substantially complete and are ongoing at the remaining two.
All structural and building works for the station and parkade are complete, including the cut and cover tunnel linking the station to the tunnel portal, where backfilling is well advanced.
Within the underground station, internal finishes, platform tiling and mechanical and electrical (M&E) installations are all substantially complete and T&C activities are also approaching completion.
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 and façade glazing is in progress. Construction of the ventilation structure on the northern side of Smit Street is substantially complete, apart from finishings, as are 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 is also complete and lift installation is in progress. Landscaping and external works will follow and will be completed within the next two 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 substantially complete and access was provided to the Operator during March 2011 to enable Trial Running activities within the station to commence. Remaining internal works include completion of de-snagging and completion of the two additional station entrances that are located on the western side of Oxford Road.
The parkade structure is also substantially complete, with the shadeport canopies on the upper parking deck now installed and final finishings are in progress.
The phased reinstatement of Oxford Road adjacent to the station is ongoing. These road reinstatement works have been 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. Oxford Road was opened to two – way traffic (two lanes in either direction) during April 2011. The remaining lanes will be opened once the works on the western side of the road have been completed. At the same time, various other roads in the Rosebank area that were re-configured to facilitate traffic flows during construction of the station will be reinstated to their original configurations. These works will be completed within the next few weeks.
Works to both of the western entrances and the ventilation shaft are well advanced. Remaining works to these structures comprise installation of façade louvres and canopy trims, completion of internal finishes, testing & commissioning of the lift and escalator and completion of roof cladding on the ventilation shaft.
EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E5 (DUNKELD, ROSEBANK)
At Shaft E5, all construction works and M&E installations – including the lift – are substantially complete. External works and landscaping have commenced and are ongoing.
EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E6 (ILLOVO)
At Shaft E6, all shaft installations, including lift installation, are substantially complete, as is the headhouse. Reinstatement of the adjacent pavements is ongoing and the temporarily-closed lane of Melville Road was re-opened to two-way traffic during April 2011.
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
From the Depot to Midrand Station, all construction works, railway installations and T&C activities are complete. Trial Running along this section of the route commenced on 08 March 2011 and is ongoing.
At Midrand Station, all works, including all external works and landscaping, are substantially complete and access was provided to the Operator during March 2011 to enable Trial Running activities within the station to commence. Trains continue to run through the station on a regular basis en-route to and from Pretoria, as part of the current Trial Running programme.
MIDRAND TO CENTURION, INCLUDING VIADUCT 4 OVER RIETSPRUIT AND OLIFANTSFONTEIN ROAD SOUTH
From Midrand Station to Centurion, all construction works, railway installations and T&C activities are complete. Trial Running along this section of the route commenced during March 2011 and 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. Trains continue to run across these structures on a regular basis en-route to and from Pretoria, as part of the current Trial Running programme.
At Centurion Station, all works within the station are substantially complete and access was provided to the Operator during March 2011 to enable Trial Running activities to commence. Trial Running of trains through the station is ongoing.
External works are also approaching completion, with remaining activities including final finishes, completion of external pavements and landscaping. These are currently in progress and will continue for the next few weeks.
CENTURION TO PRETORIA, INCLUDING VIADUCT 6 OVER EEUFEES ROAD
All civil construction works between Centurion and Pretoria – which include extensive earthworks, a number of bridges, U-shape structures through the military area and Viaduct 6 crossing Eeufees Road – are substantially complete, as are all railway installations and T&C activities. Remaining works include completion of drainage channels and maintenance roads, trimming of embankments, topsoiling and landscaping. Trial Running along this section of the route commenced during March 2011 and is ongoing.
PRETORIA STATION AND SATELLITE BUS DEPOT
At Pretoria Station, all works within the station are substantially complete and access was provided to the Operator during March 2011 to enable Trial Running activities to commence. Trial Running of trains into the station is ongoing.
External works are also approaching completion, with remaining items being completion of the external pavements along the site boundaries, landscaping and de-snagging.
Construction of the Pretoria satellite bus depot is almost complete. 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. This facility will be handed over to the Bombela Bus Operator within the coming weeks, whereafter trial running of buses along the Tshwane routes will commence.
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, together with the installation of trackwork and associated railway infrastructure across the decks, is complete. Test running of trains between Pretoria and Hatfield commenced during April 201 and is ongoing.
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 are also complete along the full length of this final section of the route. Energisation of the overhead catenaries took place during April 2011 and test running of trains between Pretoria and Hatfield is currently in progress.
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. Platform tiling was completed during April 2011.
At the adjacent bus terminus area, all works – including the bus management building, the bus canopies, the traffic surfaces and paving of pedestrian walkways – are substantially complete. Final finishings, landscaping and de-snagging 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 in their final stages. 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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