Northern Sydney Freight Corridor – Stage 2A
The Northern Sydney Freight Corridor (NSFC) Program is part of the Commonwealth Government’s Nation Building Program. Feasibility studies undertaken for the NSFC program have recommended a staged series of projects along the Main North corridor. Stage 1 of this program of works is scheduled for completion in 2015. The NSFC Stage 2A (NSFC 2A) program includes 2 proposed projects including the Rhodes to West Ryde Quadruplication and the Berowra to Hawkesbury River Triplication. These projects are aimed at increasing freight capacity on the Main North line between Sydney and Newcastle. The Rhodes to West Ryde Quadruplication will require the construction of approximately 6.2km of new track by extending the Up and Down Relief lines in the area. The Berowra to Hawkesbury River Project will require the construction of approximately 12.5km of new track including a 5km tunnel between Cowan and Hawkesbury River.
TfNSW – Transport Projects Division
The NSFC 2A projects are predominantly brownfield works with the exception of the 5km tunnel to be constructed between Cowan and Hawkesbury River. TfNSW engaged a Technical Advisor to produce a Project Definition Design and due to the significant live rail interface engaged Rail Planning Services as the Constructability Planner. The RPS role of Constructability Planner was to assist the Technical Advisor, Cost Estimator and Project Scheduler by providing delivery planning advice in the following areas:
- Rail systems operability
- Asset maintainability
- Construction methodologies
- Project definition design reviews
- Detailed engineering discipline scope definition
- Staging program risks
- Develop a detailed construction staging sequence for the works
The NSFC 2A project is at the project definition stage of design. The works carried out by Rail Planning Services will assist TfNSW in receiving the allocation of funds to progress through to a successful project delivery.
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