ONE YEAR LATER AND SEE HOW FAR WE HAVE COME

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 in Gautrain In The News

Phenomenal progress has been achieved in the 12 months since construction started on Gautrain’s 80-kilometre route featuring ten new stations. Considering that Private-Public-Partnership Projects of this magnitude usually take an average of 14 years to complete, the current progress status is already a remarkable achievement.

Click here to see the latest development on various construction sites.

Infrastructure progress is most noticeable all along the route. Tunnel portals have been prepared and the excavation of station boxes has started where diaphragm walls and piling have been completed. Tunnelling is well on track at Marlboro Portal and Mushroom Farm Park. The Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) entry point in Rosebank will be ready when the boring starts in January 2008.

Piles and spread footing foundations and piers for viaducts are currently in progress and the arrival of two custom-made viaduct launching girders and cranes brought global engineering technology to construction sites. The casting of viaduct segments and M-beams for bridge deck construction is progressing well at the pre-cast yard in Midrand where a twin batch plant, casting beds, sophisticated shutter works, tower and portal cranes are fully operational.

The emergency access shaft in Cradock Avenue in Dunkeld has reached its final depth of 61 meters and work has started on sinking a second emergency escape shaft in The Wilds.

In most areas, utilities such as water pipes, electricity and telecommunication cables have been removed. In terms of expropriation, nearly 70% of affected properties have been handed over along the proposed route.

Cut and cover excavation for an underpass at the N3 near Marlboro is progressing well while preparation work has started on another cut and cover structure on the N12 freeway in the Eeufees Road area near Pretoria.

Preparations are well underway to establish a rock crushing plant to recycle excavated rock. This eliminates the need for obtaining rock for construction from quarries or borrow pits.

Stringent monthly monitoring of Gautrain’s Environment Management Plan has ensured the implementation of the necessary measures to minimise traffic disruptions and negative environmental impact. Community Liaison Forums are also active in affected communities where Gautrain officials deliver regular presentations with interactive feedback sessions.

Click here to read more about Gautrain’s environmental management.

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, towards 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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