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WA Event: 2022 Annual Meeting and Presentation

May 26 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm AWST

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Join the RTSA WA Chapter for the WA Chapter 2022 Annual Meeting and Presentation: 20 Day Long term track closure of the Mandurah Line, the journey of the successful reconstruction of electrified railway within a 20 day blockade of one of WA’s main public service commutes. This event will be held hybrid online and in-person at Engineers Australia, West Perth at 12:30-1:30pm AWST on Thursday 26th May 2022.

This event is free for RTSA members, and AUD $30 for non-members.

Click here to register on the Engineers Australia website.

About the Presentation

Glen Iris to Cockburn Rail Blockade Engineering critical risks, project planning and methodology For 20 days between 26 December 2021 and 14 January 2022 the Mandurah rail line was blockaded (closed) between Glen Iris and Cockburn to reconstruct the Mandurah line tracks on a new alignment to make space for the future construction of the new Thornlie-Cockburn Link. This was the longest ever blockade of a PTA line and affected the busiest section of the network.

The works were successfully completed and the line was handed back to passenger service on schedule at full line speed (130 km/h) and without operational restriction, the first time this has happened after a major blockade on the PTA network. The presentation will cover the project scope, critical risks, planning and methodology that was implemented to successfully design, construct, commission, assure and enter into service 3.5km of twin track electrified passenger rail infrastructure in a constrained location in the median of the Kwinana Freeway.

About the Speaker

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Graham Holden FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Engineering Manager, NEWest Alliance

Graham Holden is Engineering Manager for the NEWest Alliance delivering the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and the Yanchep Rail Extension projects for PTA. Graham has 30+ years’ experience in rail across engineering delivery, design, maintenance and operations. He is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Masters degree in Rail Systems Engineering

Click here to register on the Engineers Australia website.


Engineers Australia WA Auditorium
712 Murray St
Perth, WA 6005 Australia
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