2020 Level Crossing Removal Project Caulfield to Dandenong Alliance (CTDA)
Biennial Railway Project Award for 2020
THE RTSA BIENNIAL RAILWAY PROJECT AWARD FOR 2020 IS MADE TO THE CAUFIELD TO DANDENONG ALLIANCE.
The RTSA is pleased to announce that the 2020 Biennial Project Award is awarded to the Caulfield to Dandenong Alliance. This project has removed 9 level crossings by elevating the railway above the surrounding area, meanwhile creating 22.5 hectares of attractive “liner park” is of immense scope and has been carried out with great speed while working around a very busy operating railway and through a confined urban area. Besides alleviating road congestion this has resulted in an enhanced urban space, while enlarging stations and upgrading infrastructure to cater for longer, higher-capacity trains.
The project team utilized state-of-the-art digital techniques for design and visualization of the proposed works and management of program costs and had to develop innovative methods to install the overhead track structures in a tightly confined corridor, without interrupting rail operations. We congratulate the Alliance members Aurecon, Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP, Metro Trains Melbourne, and the Level Crossing Removal Project.
RTSA 2020 Biennial Project Award Honourable Mention: Newcastle Light Rail
The RTSA wishes to make honourable mention of the Newcastle Light Rail project. This project delivered the 2.7km Newcastle Light Rail system linking Newcastle Interchange with Newcastle Beach. This is Australia’s first all-catenary-free light rail system and was designed by Aurecon and WSP, supported by consultants Cox and Context for clients Transport for NSW and UGL.
The system employs an innovative battery-powered overhead charging facility at each station and the lack of overhead wiring and support structures enhances the appeal of the streetscape while reducing risks. The project exceeded TfNSW’s required “Gold Standard” for sustainability, and ridership figures have confirmed the excellence and fitness of the design. RTSA congratulates WSP and its partners.