CONSTRUCTION UPDATE – 31 May 2011

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 in Construction Update – 2011, Featured

A) CONSTRUCTION

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 remaining 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. Trial Running along the final links to Park Station and Hatfield Station commenced during May 2011 and is ongoing.

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 Phase 2 tunnel section – which is the link between Sandton Station and Park Station – all civil works, tracklaying, railway infrastructure installations and T&C activities are complete. Trial Running within this section of the tunnel, under the control of the Operator, commenced in two phases during March and May 2011 respectively, 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 all of the emergency access shafts are substantially complete, apart from finalisation of landscaping and road reinstatements at two of these.

PARK STATION

All works within the station and at the parkade are substantially complete and the station is under the control of the Operator. Remaining works include completion of the southern entrance on the southern side of Wolmarans Street, bus shelters and landscaping, as well as final finishings to the perimeter roadworks and sidewalks.

 

Vantage point overlooking the Johannesburg Park Station parkade

Vantage point overlooking the Johannesburg Park Station parkade

Access stairway from the Johannesburg Park Station entrance

Access stairway from the Johannesburg Park Station entrance

Trial Running of trains into this station commenced during May 2011 and is ongoing.

EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E1 (HILLBROW)

At Shaft E1, all construction works and M&E installations are substantially complete, as are the external works and landscaping.

EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E2 (THE WILDS, HOUGHTON)

At Shaft E2, construction works and M&E installations are substantially complete. Landscaping and external works are in progress and these will be completed within the next few weeks.

E2 Emergency Shaft entrance

E2 Emergency Shaft entrance

EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E3 (RIVIERA)

At Shaft E3, all construction works and M&E installations 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 are substantially complete, as are the external works and landscaping.

 

Inside Emergency Shaft 4 in Houghton

Inside Emergency Shaft 4 in Houghton

ROSEBANK STATION

At Rosebank Station, works within the station and at the parkade are substantially complete and the station is under the control of the Operator. Remaining works include completion of the two additional station entrances, together with the vent shaft, that are located on the western side of Oxford Road.

 

Rosebank Station concourse

Rosebank Station concourse

Rosebank Station parkade entrance

Rosebank Station parkade entrance

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. Various other roads in the Rosebank area that were re-configured to facilitate traffic flows during construction of the station are being reinstated to their original configurations. Most of these re-instatements were completed by the end of May 2011, with the minor works remaining scheduled to be completed within the next few weeks.

 

Rosebank Station parkade

Rosebank Station parkade

Trial Running of trains into this station commenced during March 2011 and is ongoing.

EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E5 (DUNKELD, ROSEBANK)

At Shaft E5, all construction works and M&E installations are substantially complete, as are the external works and landscaping.

EMERGENCY ACCESS SHAFT E6 (ILLOVO)

At Shaft E6, all construction works and M&E installations are substantially complete. The temporarily-closed lane of Melville Road was re-opened to two-way traffic during April 2011 and final reinstatement works to the adjacent road surface and pavements are in progress.

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

At Shaft E7, all construction works and M&E installations are substantially complete, as are the external works and landscaping. Final reinstatement works to the adjacent roadways are in progress.

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.

MIDRAND STATION

At Midrand Station, all works are complete and the station is under the control of the Operator. Trial Running of trains through this station commenced during March 2011 and is ongoing.

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.

 

Gautrain approaching on the alignment in the vicinity of the N3 underpass

Gautrain approaching on the alignment in the vicinity of the N3 underpass

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 the external works are also approaching completion. Trial Running of trains through this station commenced during March 2011 and is ongoing.

 

Gautrain bus departure from Centurion Station

Gautrain bus departure from Centurion Station

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 are substantially complete and the station is under the control of the Operator. Trial Running of trains into this station commenced during March 2011 and is ongoing.

 

Installed signage in front of the Pretoria Station facade

Installed signage in front of the Pretoria Station facade

At the Pretoria Satellite Bus Depot, all works are substantially complete and this facility is under the control of the Operator. 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. Operating out of the Pretoria Satellite Depot, trial running of Gautrain feeder and distribution buses along the Tshwane routes commenced during May 2011 and is ongoing.

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.

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. 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. Tracklaying operations and the installation of associated railway infrastructure between Pretoria and Hatfield are also complete. Remaining activities comprise finalization of minor sections noise barriers and boundary fencing and completion of adjacent road reinstatements.

 

Hatfield Station alignment adjacent to the Prasa railway reserve

Hatfield Station alignment adjacent to the Prasa railway reserve

Testing of trains and signalling systems between Pretoria and Hatfield commenced during April 2011 and has been completed. Trial Running of trains along this section of the route commenced during May 2011 and is ongoing.

HATFIELD STATION

At Hatfield Station, works within the station, at the parkade and at the adjacent bus terminus are substantially complete and the station is under the control of the Operator. Remaining works include the erection of a covered walkway from the bus terminus and finalization of the adjacent municipal road and sidewalk reinstatements.

 

The multi level parkade at Hatfield Station

The multi level parkade at Hatfield Station

Hatfield Station concourse

Hatfield Station concourse

Construction of the new Grosvenor Street bridge is complete, but this bridge will only be opened to public traffic when station operations commence.

Trial Running of trains into this station commenced during May 2011 and is ongoing.

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 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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