daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Railways

Railways (Inter)national commuter and freight trains



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old July 17th, 2007, 02:30 AM   #1
spongeg
Registered User
 
spongeg's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Coquitlam/Rainbow Lake
Posts: 8,033
Likes (Received): 1731

Luxury Soweto train on track

Quote:
Luxury Soweto train on track

The Soweto Business Express train service is up and running, with first-class service for Sowetans on the move.


July 3, 2007
By Ndaba Dlamini


SIT back, plug in your laptop, sip a cup of coffee and prepare for your business day ahead - all on the Soweto Business Express, a premier express train expected to cut travelling time from Soweto to Park Station in Johannesburg.

Set to change the look of public transport in the city, the new train service was officially launched at the Naledi Station in Soweto on a freezing Tuesday morning on 3 July by Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe. In attendance were the Gauteng MEC for transport, Ignatius Jacobs, the member of the mayoral committee for transport, Rehana Moosajee; and the Metrorail chief executive, Lucky Montana.

Welcoming guests to the function, held in a tent pitched next to a railway line at the station, Moosajee said the train service, a Metrorail concept, would improve the lives of people living in Soweto. She described the train service as a revolution in Joburg's transport system.

Moosajee's view was reiterated by Radebe, who said the service was "a true embodiment of a continued journey for the revolution of the public transport system in South Africa". It was the government's objective, he said, to achieve a high-quality public transport network that integrated rail, bus and taxi to form a single, efficient and effective public transport system.


Public transport use
"I am highly delighted to say the introduction today of the Soweto Business Express within the current rail environment is a commendable initiative and will go a long way towards creating a culture of public transport use among all South Africans."
The timing of the introduction of the express train was opportune, given the preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, according to Radebe, who said the train would be used particularly to transport people to the games at FNB Stadium.

"We expect that the express will also be deployed effectively by Metrorail as part of our transport operations plan for both the Confederations Cup in 2009 and, ultimately, the games in 2010. The Fifa family, international visitors and our own people stand to benefit from the improved mobility [brought about by] the express service."

The train service is targeted at the middle-class residents of the sprawling township who own cars. With people using the express train to travel to work, the service was expected to reduce congestion on the roads, Montana said.

"The introduction of the express train service is a response to the demands of the people of Soweto. What people must note also is that the Soweto community is not homogeneous and we are mandated to provide services to all classes in the township."


Expected to spread
Montana added that the train on the Naledi to Johannesburg corridor, the busiest corridor in the city with over 180 000 passengers transported by Metrorail every day, was an introductory service that was expected to spread to other parts of the city and the province.
"A similar service providing comfort, safety and security will be introduced between Johannesburg and Tshwane soon," he said.

Looking chic in its new white, gold and black paint, the train comprises of eight coaches with a capacity to carry 530 people. It will ply the Johannesburg to Naledi route at peak hours with stops in Dube and Ikhwezi stations before its final destination at Naledi Station.

People using the service would use a park-and ride-facility, Montana said. "We have entered into a deal with Metrobus to transport people to and from the train stations. The boarding fee will cost R310 a month and commuters can use the same tickets to board buses."

The train is faster and more luxurious than the ordinary commuter trains plying the Soweto route. Each coach is manned by Grade C security guards and travellers enjoy first-class treatment during their journey. There are separate ticket-sale points and boarding entrances for the express train.

After the formal proceedings, guests were taken on a ride on the train, which cost Metrorail R2-million to refurbish.


The Soweto Business Express, chic in its white, gold and black colours
http://www.joburg.org.za/2007/jul/jul3_express.stm
spongeg no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old December 4th, 2007, 08:58 AM   #2
Pule
BITTER HEART NEVER REST
 
Pule's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: JOHANNESBURG
Posts: 11,395
Likes (Received): 123

Gautrain-High Speed Rail-Johannesburg, South Africa

This is currently under construction. The first phase will be completed in 2010 and will be ready for the 2010 Soccer World Cup and the remaining part will be completed in 2011.

Gautrain



Introduction...

The Gautrain Rapid Rail Link is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network planned in Gauteng. The rail connection comprises of two links, namely a link between Tshwane (Pretoria) and Johannesburg and a link between Johannesburg International Airport and Sandton. Apart from the three anchor stations on these two links, seven other stations will be linked by approximately 80 kilometres of rail along the proposed route.

-The three anchor stations will be located at:

Johannesburg International Airport;
Tshwane; and
Johannesburg.

-The seven other stations will be located at:

Rosebank;
Sandton;
Marlboro;
Midrand;
Centurion;
Hatfield; and
Rhodesfield (Kempton Park).


This modern train will offer international standards of public transport with high levels of safety, reliability, predictability and comfort. Travelling at maximum speeds of 160 to 180 kilometres per hour it will reach Tshwane from Johannesburg in less than 40 minutes. The minimum frequency between Johannesburg and Tshwane will initially be six trains per hour per direction and it will operate approximately 18 hours per day. This public transport service will include dedicated, exclusive bus services to transport passengers to and from stations.

Besides the commuter service, air passengers will have a dedicated service between Johannesburg International Airport and Sandton. This purpose-designed service brings Gauteng in line with global practice which links cities by rail to international airports. Designed with facilities suited to their specific needs, airport passengers will be able to check-in their luggage at Sandton station. The trip between the airport and Sandton station will take less than 15 minutes.

Safety and security of Gautrain passengers and other affected parties are of utmost importance. The safety and security features are extended to other facilities of the services such as the station precinct and vehicle parking areas.

The Gautrain Rapid Rail Link project offers a cost effective, efficient, environmentally friendly and safe solution to some of the worst transport problems in the most densely developed area in Gauteng and indeed South Africa. It also supports many other government objectives.

The Project is now managed as part of the Gauteng Department of Finance and Economic Affairs Public Private Partnership Unit. Gautrain was initiated as one of eleven Blue IQ projects of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG).

Blue IQ is a multi-billion Rand initiative of the GPG to develop economic infrastructure for specific major projects in smart industries, high value-added manufacturing and tourism. It works in partnership with business and government departments as a catalyst to promote strategic private sector investment in key growth sectors of the Gauteng economy.

The Gautrain project is, therefore, primarily aimed at enhancing and supporting economic growth in the Gauteng Province and generating employment. This project is part of a longer-term vision, which will include a commitment towards creating and sustaining a new culture of public transport usage.


Why a rapid rail system?...

Gauteng, the country’s economic hub, is currently experiencing traffic congestion on its major routes, especially between Tshwane and Johannesburg. The current transport facilities and services between these two cities are mainly road based. The land required for a rapid rail system is far less than that of a road system. Apart from alleviating the severe traffic congestion, economic development will be stimulated by the rapid rail system and it will have distinct environmental advantages over other forms of transport.

The planned Gautrain Rapid Rail Link is aimed at providing an alternative public transport mode to car users and therefore to attract private car-users to the train. This service will help alleviate the congestion on the roads between Johannesburg and Tshwane.

The N1 Freeway currently carries some of the highest traffic volumes in South Africa with more than 157 000 vehicles travelling on it per day and a traffic growth rate of 7% per year. There is currently 300 000 cars per week day in the Tshwane-Johannesburg traffic corridor. It is estimated that approximately one-fifth of Tshwane-Johannesburg commuters will make the switch from travelling by road to travelling by rail. Gautrain should initially transport more than 100 000 passengers per day.

Traffic congestion on the N1 Freeway is currently estimated to cost more than R300 million per year, including production time lost during travelling time, higher transport costs and above average accident rates. Furthermore, traffic congestion impacts negatively on quality of life. Due to emissions from vehicles levels of pollution also increase contentiously.




Ridership and Fare Structure...

The Gautrain project is largely aimed at commercially active people that need to travel between Johannesburg, Tshwane and Johannesburg International Airport (JIA). Two key market segments are existing motorists and airport passengers.

The existing motorists will be the primary focus because of their large numbers and the importance of achieving a move away from private transport to relieve the increasing congestion on roads such as the Ben Schoeman Freeway. Given the planned network, the Gautrain will also attract airport passengers and workers on the link to JIA.

Forecasts indicate a potential current ridership of about 100 000 passengers per day, which is well over the international norm for a new rail service. An expected annual growth of 4.8% will result in more than 120 000 passengers per day by 2010.

The Gautrain commuter fares will be lower than the perceived cost of using a car. It will, however, be more expensive than existing rail and taxi fares as the new train will offer a higher quality service. Airport passengers’ fare will be higher than the rate per kilometre charged on other services. The fare structure was developed in relation to existing taxi fares, bus fares and private car cost.


Look and Feel...

Although the Gautrain Project Team envisaged a rapid passenger rail system with similar key operational and technical characteristics as listed below, some features may change during the final implementation of the project.

-Approximately 20 train sets will be required at the commencement of the service.
-Each train could consist of a set of three or four cars.
-The commuter services cars will be able to accommodate approximately 80 seated and 20 standing passengers. Trains used for the dedicated airport service will only cater for seated passengers.
-Trains will be able to operate safely and comfortably at speeds of at least 160km/h and higher.
-Operating staff could consist of at least 380 people when the service commences and grow to 480 in ten years. This excludes security staff and staff for the maintenance of the system, as this is expected to be outsourced.
-The International Standard Rail Gauge (1 435 mm between rails) was preferred to the narrower existing Cape Gauge in South Africa. Inter alia because it is safer and more comfortable for speeds of 130 km/h and higher, and will allow for more cost-effective procurement of rolling stock.
-Rails will be continuously welded with pre-cast concrete sleepers and elastic rail fastenings, spaced at 650 mm (centres). Crushed stone ballast will be used on open sections.
-Track in tunnel will be either slab track or concrete sleepers cast in a concrete bed. In both cases the rails will be elastically supported within the slab and the slab elastically supported on the ground, to reduce noise and sound transmission to acceptable levels.
-3kV DC or 25kV AC overhead traction systems will be used. If the AC system is used attention will have to be given to immunization of the existing signalling system used on the SA Rail Commuter Corporation and Spoornet services.
-In-cab signalling is considered to be the most suitable to the Gautrain.
__________________
SOUTH AFRICA my home, SOUTH AFRICA my love.
Pule no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 4th, 2007, 09:06 AM   #3
Pule
BITTER HEART NEVER REST
 
Pule's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: JOHANNESBURG
Posts: 11,395
Likes (Received): 123

Park Station onstruction update










__________________
SOUTH AFRICA my home, SOUTH AFRICA my love.
Pule no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 8th, 2008, 11:09 AM   #4
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,891
Likes (Received): 18168

Pretoria-Joburg rail link heads underground

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 6, 2008 (AFP) - A rail project to link South Africa's political and commercial capitals, already the continent's biggest construction site, will reach new depths this week as tunnelling begins below Johannesburg.

Nearly 15 months after groundwork began on the 25-billion-rand (3.6 billion dollar) Gautrain, the deployment of a tunnel boring machine -- shipped in from Germany -- signals that one of sub-Saharan Africa's most ambitious civil engineering projects should be in use for football fans attending the 2010 World Cup.

"Gautrain has reached a point of no return," said provincial transport minister Mbhazima Shilowa as the protective covers were removed from the TBM (tunnel-boring machine) last month.

"We are continuing towards the completion of the Gautrain and the TBM will speed up construction and enable us to finish within the time and the budget," Shilowa added.

Now that the machine has been assembled, the engineers will begin work this week to tunnel below the Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank -- one of 10 stations that will eventually make up Gautrain.

Once completed, Gautrain will enable passengers to travel between the government's headquarters in Pretoria and the country's largest city Johannesburg in just 42 minutes. Both cities form part of Gauteng province.

At the moment, commuters travelling between the two cities can spend up to two hours stuck in their cars during rush-hour on the infamous N1 highway.

Like many of Africa's major metropolises, rush hour in Johannesburg just gets longer and longer as more cars take to the roads.

But if city planners in such cities as Lagos and Luanda are still scratching their heads, authorities in South Africa hope Gautrain can point the way to a solution to transport problems and act as a stimulant for economic growth.

"It is indeed an aggressive response to key transport challenges such as congestion, efficient public transport, but most importantly the stimulation of economic development in the Gauteng region," Transport Minister Jeff Radebe told reporters on a recent site visit.

The scale of the project is evident from some of the figures reeled off by officials.

It will eventually stretch some 80 kilometers (50 miles), 15 kilometers of which will be underground. Eleven viaducts will be built.

The project is not due to be completed before 2011 but it should partially open in time for the World Cup finals in June and July of the previous year.

While some have questioned the expense involved in a country where nearly half of the population live below the poverty line, others say it is about time their daily travel nightmare is eased.

"When you get stuck in the jams, I get so angry," said 23-year-old Andre Breed, who travels every morning and evening between his home in northern Johannesburg and his workplace as a business consultant in Pretoria.

"One night, it took me two and a half hours to get home and there hadn't even been any kind of big accident."

The whites-only apartheid regime, which governed South Africa until 1994, invested little in the public transport system in the days when it restricted areas in which the majority black population were allowed.

While there is an existing rail network linking Johannesburg and Pretoria, it takes several hours to complete the journey and has become notorious for its levels of crime.

The majority of the population makes its way in often ramshackle collective taxis run by private operators.

The train will be the first of its kind on the continent.

While Casablanca, Algiers and Cairo all have metro systems, they cannot begin to compare with Gautrain, which should run at speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour.

The exact ticket prices are still to be finalised, but Jack van der Merwe, Gautrain project leader, said the idea was to charge 60 cents per kilometre, "cheaper than to use a car."

A study released in April last year showed that 48 percent of people who regularly commute between Johannesburg and Pretoria would be prepared to leave their cars at home and take the Gautrain instead.

"As the congestion is getting worse, people see it as a viable option," adds van der Merwe.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 9th, 2008, 08:18 AM   #5
Pule
BITTER HEART NEVER REST
 
Pule's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: JOHANNESBURG
Posts: 11,395
Likes (Received): 123

Quote:
Originally Posted by hkskyline View Post
Pretoria-Joburg rail link heads underground

While there is an existing rail network linking Johannesburg and Pretoria, it takes several hours to complete the journey and has become notorious for its levels of crime.

With regards to this, the Metro rail poilce and the SAPS, South African police Services, have been deployed in trains and train stations. More than 2000 couches will we upgraded before the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
__________________
SOUTH AFRICA my home, SOUTH AFRICA my love.
Pule no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 9th, 2008, 08:28 AM   #6
Pule
BITTER HEART NEVER REST
 
Pule's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: JOHANNESBURG
Posts: 11,395
Likes (Received): 123

Some October 2007, construction photos













__________________
SOUTH AFRICA my home, SOUTH AFRICA my love.
Pule no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 9th, 2008, 04:36 PM   #7
lpioe
Registered User
 
lpioe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 2,141
Likes (Received): 18

Interesting project.
Thanks for the info and pics Pule.

Is there currently no passenger rail between Johannesburg and Pretoria?
lpioe no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 11th, 2008, 12:42 PM   #8
Alexriga
BANNED
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 2,089
Likes (Received): 183

What speed in future? Sorry, I didn't reed all the article.
Alexriga no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 11th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #9
Pule
BITTER HEART NEVER REST
 
Pule's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: JOHANNESBURG
Posts: 11,395
Likes (Received): 123

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alexriga View Post
What speed in future? Sorry, I didn't reed all the article.
It will be running at about 180km/h.

Can the moderator change the thread to Rapid Rail Link please and remove high speed rail.
__________________
SOUTH AFRICA my home, SOUTH AFRICA my love.
Pule no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 11th, 2008, 07:45 PM   #10
Pule
BITTER HEART NEVER REST
 
Pule's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: JOHANNESBURG
Posts: 11,395
Likes (Received): 123

Quote:
Originally Posted by lpioe View Post
Interesting project.
Thanks for the info and pics Pule.

Is there currently no passenger rail between Johannesburg and Pretoria?
Thanks Ipioe, all photos can be found on www.gautrain.co.za

There is a Metro rail between Pretoria and Johannesburg, the government planned to ugrade metro rail coaches and some station before the 2010 Soccer World Cup. CCTV cameras will also be installed and currently there is a peojct going on on plenty of stations which is to construct hodling cells for all those who commit crime at the stations and in trains. The South African Police Services and Metrol Rail security guards are patrollings stations and trains. The only problem with the trains are the delays, but the government is planning to incorporate electronic signalling boards for departure, arrival and other information on all those stations and trains.
__________________
SOUTH AFRICA my home, SOUTH AFRICA my love.
Pule no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 1st, 2008, 10:27 AM   #11
Pule
BITTER HEART NEVER REST
 
Pule's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: JOHANNESBURG
Posts: 11,395
Likes (Received): 123

Quote:
Originally Posted by lpioe View Post
Interesting project.
Thanks for the info and pics Pule.

Is there currently no passenger rail between Johannesburg and Pretoria?
The existing passenger rail will be improved before 2010 Soccer World Cup, the boring thing about South Africa is that they don't release the designs of any construction even if its started already.

METRORAIL - Lining up a better future

25 January 2008



By Matebello Motloung

Underperforming commuter company plans to turn its fortunes around






After years of criticism for inefficiency and poor service delivery, Metrorail is trying to turn over a new leaf. CE Lucky Montana has embarked on an ambitious R18bn strategy aimed at stabilising the company by 2010.


Top of his agenda, he says, is improving train punctuality and reliability, customer service and commuter safety.


Montana took over at Metrorail in July 2006, a month after it was transferred to the department of transport's SA Rail Commuter Corp from Transnet. He was previously the department's head of public transport, and helped shape the taxi recapitalisation programme.


WHAT IT MEANS
R18bn to be spent on upgrades by 2010
New lines and stations to be opened


Key features of his Metrorail strategy include upgrading the rail infrastructure; ensuring train frequencies of between five and 10 minutes during peak hours; extending daily operating hours to 18 from the current 10; and addressing commuter confidence.


Metrorail has been plagued by poor performance for some years. This has led to increasing customer dissatisfaction, theft and vandalism, and loss of managerial and technical skills. Added to that, he says, is the challenge of operating with ageing assets and insufficient rolling stock. About 2m South Africans use trains daily.


"There's been under investment in rail going back over 30 years," says Montana. "The average age of our fleet is actually 40 years. We are not going to have a functioning economy without efficient commuter transport, and at the heart of it is rail."


Metrorail has 4 600 coaches, of which only about 3 000 are operational. Montana says this lack of capacity is one of the main reasons for the company's shrinking service and inability to meet demand. He aims to have 96% of the total fleet on the tracks by 2010.


The R18bn investment is the first of a three-part strategy to resurrect Metrorail. The emphasis of the second phase, from 2011-2014, will be on recovering customers. The third, from 2015-2030, is aimed at business growth. This phase will include acquisition of new rolling stock as the existing equipment will not sustain the rail commuter company beyond the next 10-15 years. "It is only buying us time for now," Montana says.


He adds that Metrorail intends opening new lines in the next two years, while improving the service of existing ones - especially those dealing with high passenger volumes. These include the Soweto-Johannesburg, Mabopane-Tshwane and Khayelitsha-Cape Town lines. Planned new lines will offer a service to the FNB soccer stadium, which will host the 2010 soccer World Cup final, as well as to Durban's King Senzangakhona and Orlando stadiums.


Metrorail will also build new stations at Nasrec, Loftus Versfeld and Athlone, while revamping old ones. Montana hopes this will all be done by 2009.


He insists these changes are not only with the World Cup in mind.


"We are not spending money just because we have foreigners visiting us in 2010. What we are doing is in the long-term interest of the country. It will benefit the ordinary person in Soweto or Khayelitsha."


Montana says there is little chance of Metrorail being privatised. "If government were to announce plans to privatise, I would advise against that decision. The current system will need to be upgraded over the years as it cannot pay for itself," he says.


"Also, the current fare is subsidised by 67%. If the company is privatised, people won't be able to afford it because it won't be subsidised by that much.


"There's also the cost of infrastructure which is expensive. The private sector would build but would want to recoup costs quickly, and that's why Metrorail in its current form can't be bought."


He says there is room for government-private sector partnerships. However, if government were to take a long-term decision to privatise the rail company, it would need support.


"Metrorail needs a good feeder and distribution system. One way of doing this is to increase the cost of coming into town, as London has done with the introduction of congestion charges for motorists.


"Over time, linked with the upgrade of the commuter system, we will increase rail usage. But we must be bold in terms of the investments we make. Gautrain must not be the only one."
__________________
SOUTH AFRICA my home, SOUTH AFRICA my love.
Pule no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 1st, 2008, 10:29 AM   #12
Pule
BITTER HEART NEVER REST
 
Pule's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: JOHANNESBURG
Posts: 11,395
Likes (Received): 123

Quote:
Originally Posted by lpioe View Post
Interesting project.
Thanks for the info and pics Pule.

Is there currently no passenger rail between Johannesburg and Pretoria?
This is how the current Johannesburg Park Station looks like. This station and its surroundings are gonna be improved to create a Park Station Transport Precinct.

__________________
SOUTH AFRICA my home, SOUTH AFRICA my love.
Pule no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 15th, 2008, 10:39 AM   #13
Pule
BITTER HEART NEVER REST
 
Pule's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: JOHANNESBURG
Posts: 11,395
Likes (Received): 123

Courtesy of Inertia



CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - 31 MARCH 2008

A) SOUTHERN SECTION

1. Underground section

PARK STATION
Excavation of the single-track rail tunnel towards the north has reached approximately 280 metres from the tunnel portal.

Construction of the 25m deep station box is making good progress. Lateral support waler beams are currently being installed in tandem with bulk excavation. These waler beams, braced with a series of lateral struts, provide temporary support the perimeter walls during station box excavation. Construction of the multi-story parkade foundation has also started.







The 27 metre deep portal provides an access shaft to tunnelling activities below. A massive gantry crane is visible above the portal. This crane is used to hoist the rock excavated from the tunnel and load it into dump trucks. The crane will also lift the necessary construction equipment in and out of the portal below.

EMERGENCY SHAFT 1 (HILLBROW)
The single-track rail tunnel between Park Station and Sandton Station will feature seven emergency access shafts. These shafts will provide emergency services personnel access to the tunnels below. At the bases of these shafts there will be safe havens where passengers can gather in case of an emergency.

The Land required for Emergency Shaft 1 in Hillbrow is in the process of being expropriated. Site establishment and shaft excavation will start soon.

EMERGENCY SHAFT 2 (THE WILDS, HOUGHTON)







At Shaft E2, excavation depth reached nearly 38 metres and 27 metres of shaft lining was completed. Once the shaft reaches its final depth, an adit linking the bottom of the shaft to the tunnel alignment will be excavated, from where two rail tunnel sections will be excavated. The one tunnel will head south towards Park Station, while the other tunnel will head north towards Rosebank Station.

EMERGENCY SHAFT 4 (HOUGHTON)
Construction of the shaft collar has been completed and shaft excavation will commence in early April.

ROSEBANK STATION
Automated tunnel excavation is now underway deep below Oxford Road. The giant Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) started boring in January.







This moving factory uses latest international technology to bore a 3km section of the tunnel from Rosebank Station southwards. The TBM has been purpose-built to deal with the difficult geological conditions along this section of the route. The remainder of the single-track rail tunnel towards Park Station will be excavated using conventional drilling and blasting methods.

The TBM, named Imbokodo, installs pre-cast concrete tunnel lining segments behind it as it moves forward. It leaves behind a watertight and smooth lining to the 6.8m diameter tunnel. The TBM has already installed approximately 211 tunnel lining segments which equates to a distance of almost 325 metres of tunnel bored.







With excavation of the 180 metre long, 25 metre deep station box complete, as well as the station base slab, excavation of the last part of northern cut & cover section continued. Construction of the station external walls within the station box has commenced.

North of the station box, tunnelling towards Sandton continued from the northern drill & blast shaft, with approximately 195 metres excavated by the end of March.

EMERGENCY SHAFT 5 (DUNKELD, ROSEBANK)
Tunnelling towards Sandton – the only section of tunnelling being excavated from this shaft - has progressed to approximately 240 metres. Excavation of the safe haven chamber is progressing simultaneously.

A head house structure is visible above the shaft, which houses the overhead gantry crane. It is used for hoisting excavated rock and lowering and lifting materials and equipment. The crane is clad with sound absorbing panels to limit noise created by construction work. This is a temporary structure, which will be removed once tunnelling operations are completed.

SANDTON STATION
Excavation of the three level parking basement is complete and construction of the parkade foundations has commenced.







Construction of the cavern for the underground station, which is being excavated via the southern construction shaft, is on track and tunnelling from the south shaft towards Rosebank is also making good progress. The “top headings” of both of these have reached approximately 40 metres in each direction.

Excavation of the north shaft reached the third waler beam level, where hard rock has now been encountered. Waler beam and strut installation continued. These waler beams, braced with a series of lateral struts, provide temporary support the perimeter walls during excavation.

MUSHROOM FARM PARK
Two sets of tunnels are being excavated towards Sandton. These single and double track tunnels have reached 472 metres and 232 metres respectively. The double tunnel towards Marlboro Portal reached approximately 510 metres. Later this year, the tunnel being excavated from Mushroom Farm Park will meet with the tunnel being excavated from Marlboro Portal to form one, continuous tunnel.







Mushroom Farm Park is a temporary shaft, used to provide access for tunnel construction. The community park will be fully reinstated once construction operations are complete.

MARLBORO PORTAL
Excavation of the double track tunnel towards Mushroom Farm Park is now approaching
1 700 metres from the portal. Inside the tunnel, the final lining is being applied to the tunnel walls, construction of the floor slab to support the railway tracks is in progress, concrete walkways are being installed and construction of the dividing wall – separating the two sets of tracks – is about to commence.

The portal at Marlboro is the point where the tunnel “daylights”. It seperates the underground and surface sections of the route.

2. Surface alignment

MARLBORO STATION AND N3 UNDERPASS
A continuous long-span elevated rail bridge is called a viaduct. Several viaducts are being built to cross rivers and roads on Gautrain’s route. The precast concrete deck segments for these viaducts are being manufactured at the precast yard.

Construction of support piers and northern abutments for Viaducts 1A and 11 over the Jukskei River and East Bank Road in Alexander are complete and work is in progress on the southern abutments. Deck erection will commence during the first half of this year.

Earthworks, retaining walls and associated drainage structures are in progress between the Marlboro Portal and the N3 Crossing, including in the area of the Marlboro Station, where station construction will commence later this year.

Construction of a series of underpasses, where the two pairs of railway lines cross below the N3 highway alongside the Marlboro Road bridge, continues.







B) NORTHERN SECTION (Depot to Hatfield Station)

DEPOT, PRECAST YARD AND RAIL WELDING FACILITY
Construction of this section of the route between the N3 crossing and the Depot is well advanced, with erection of the precast M-beams, which form the deck of Viaduct 2 over Modderfontein Spruit, now complete.

At the Train Depot, Gautrain’s 24 train sets will be maintained, serviced cleaned, and securely stabled overnight. The adjacent Bus Depot will perform a similar function for Gautrain’s dedicated fleet of 150 luxury buses. Construction of these facillities is well advanced, with the Bus Depot administration building already complete and the Train Depot offices and maintenance workshops targeted for completion within the next few months.







The welding of rails into 216 metre long lengths has commenced at the temporary flash butt welding yard that has been set up adjacent to the Train Depot. This facility uses high tech rail welding methods which eliminate the need for jointed gaps between rail lengths. The laying of trackwork for the stabling sidings at the train depot will commence shortly.

The precast yard – also temporarily located at the Depot - is equipped with twin concrete batching plants and several overhead gantries and tower cranes that are required to manufacture a variety of precast concrete elements. These include viaduct segments, bridge beams and parapets, tunnel walkway sections and noise barriers.. From here, precast elements are transported to the various construction sites as needed. It is currently the largest precast facility in Africa.

MIDRAND AREA
Construction is now well underway in the vicinity of the Midrand Station and continuing towards Centurion.

A continuous long-span elevated rail bridge is called a viaduct. Construction of Viaduct 3 over Allandale Road is making good progress, with ten of the thirteen deck spans now erected. Deck segments are erected using massive purpose-built launching girders.
These cranes are launched across the supporting piers to rapidly assemble the precast deck segments. Segments are then glued and stressed together to form the deck spans. This international bridge deck assembly method enables construction to proceed with minimal disruption to existing infrastructure and traffic below. There are two of these underslung launching girders deployed on the project.







At Viaduct 4, which crosses over Rietspruit and Olifantsfontein Road South, the foundations are now complete and construction of the supporting piers and abutments is in progress.

Construction of a number of smaller road-over-rail bridges in this area continues, including at Ridge Road, West Road, New Road and George Road.

CENTURION AREA
Viaduct 5 carries the elevated alignment through Centurion. It stretches over the John Vorster Interchange crossing the N1 in the south and then continues through Centurion to the Jean Avenue Interchange crossing the Ben Schoeman highway in the north. The sinking of deep foundation shafts for the viaducts at both of these interchanges continues, and construction of the supporting piers has commenced at the Jean Avenue Viaduct.







Several temporary steel pedestrian bridges have been erected over the N14 highway at the Jean Avenue interchange and across the N1 at John Vorster interchange to provide construction workers safe access across these busy highways.

Within Centurion itself, foundation construction – comprising excavation, preloading, grouting and piling – is underway at many of the viaduct pier locations, including those which will support the elevated platforms of Centurion Station. This station will be situated on the northern side of West Steet close to Centurion Lake. Utility diversions throughout the Centurion area are ongoing.

TSHWANE AREA
Construction of an underpass where the Gautrain rail track will cross underneath the Ben Schoeman to the south of Salvokop is in progress.







Preparations are underway to start with foundation construction of Viaduct 7, which will cross over Nelson Mandela Boulevard at the entrance to the city.

At Pretoria Station, the existing staff parking area has now been vacated to enable construction of the Gautrain Station to proceed.

HATFIELD AREA
Between Pretoria and Hatfield a number of bridges crossing the existing railway line require to be widened to accommodate the adjacent Gautrain tracks. One such bridge is at Lynnwood Road, where widening of the abutments is currently underway.

Piling and foundation construction is in progress for a new bridge which will cross the railway lines at Ridge Road, to replace the existing Willow Road bridge, which is to be demolished. Work has also started on a further new bridge where Grosvenor Road will be extended across the tracks immediately adjacent to the new Hatfield Station.







Bulk excavation for the parkade structure at the Hatfield Station and the diversion of the Metrorail alignment in that area is substantially complete. Foundation construction and concrete works will commence shortly.

C) EAST-WEST AIRPORT LINK

3. Airport Link (Marlboro Station to OR Tambo International Airport)

At Viaduct 13 over Centenary Way in Modderfontein, seven of the ten spans have now been erected, with traffic flow continuing below without disruption.

A short distance to the east, foundation construction has commenced at Viaduct 14, which will span over Zuurfontein Road and the adjacent existing railway line.







Several other bridges and culverts are also currently being built along this section of the route.

OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT STATION
By far the longest viaduct on the east-west section of the route is the 1.5 km long Viaduct 15, which will carry the double track railway line over the R21/R24 road network to the elevated OR Tambo International Airport Station. The majority of the 41 foundations have been completed and construction of the supporting piers is well advanced.







Construction of the station concourse is in progress and is visible above the elevated drop-off road. This is immediately adjacent to the new Central Terminal Building which is currently under construction at the airport.

D) OVERALL PROGRESS
Construction started at the end of September 2006. 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.

Toll-free call centre: 0800-GAUTRAIN (0800-42887246). The call centre is operational weekdays between 6am and 9pm with an answering system after-hours.

Communities are reminded that regular Community Liaison Forums are held in affected areas. These afford residents the opportunity to voice their concerns and have their questions answered by Gautrain officials who are present at these meetings.

Courtesy www.gautrain.co.za[/QUOTE]
__________________
SOUTH AFRICA my home, SOUTH AFRICA my love.
Pule no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old May 14th, 2008, 08:00 PM   #14
Inertia
Bloody Agent
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: DA Country
Posts: 3,273
Likes (Received): 128

SOUTH AFRICA | High Speed Rail



INTRODUCTION

The Gautrain Rapid Rail Link is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network planned in Gauteng. The rail connection comprises of two links, namely a link between Tshwane (Pretoria) and Johannesburg and a link between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton. Apart from the three anchor stations on these two links, seven other stations will be linked by approximately 80 kilometres of rail along the proposed route.

The three anchor stations will be located at:

* OR Tambo International Airport;
* Tshwane; and
* Johannesburg.

The seven other stations will be located at:

* Rosebank;
* Sandton;
* Marlboro;
* Midrand;
* Centurion;
* Hatfield; and
* Rhodesfield (Kempton Park).

Click here to view the proposed route in JPEG format - 403KB.

This modern train will offer international standards of public transport with high levels of safety, reliability, predictability and comfort. Travelling at maximum speeds of 160 to 180 kilometres per hour it will reach Tshwane from Johannesburg in less than 40 minutes. The minimum frequency between Johannesburg and Tshwane will initially be six trains per hour per direction and it will operate approximately 18 hours per day. This public transport service will include dedicated, exclusive bus services to transport passengers to and from stations.

Besides the commuter service, air passengers will have a dedicated service between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton. This purpose-designed service brings Gauteng in line with global practice which links cities by rail to international airports. Designed with facilities suited to their specific needs, airport passengers will be able to check-in their luggage at Sandton station. The trip between the airport and Sandton station will take less than 15 minutes.

Safety and security of Gautrain passengers and other affected parties are of utmost importance. The safety and security features are extended to other facilities of the services such as the station precinct and vehicle parking areas.

The Gautrain Rapid Rail Link project offers a cost effective, efficient, environmentally friendly and safe solution to some of the worst transport problems in the most densely developed area in Gauteng and indeed South Africa. It also supports many other government objectives.

The Project is now managed as part of the Gauteng Department of Finance and Economic Affairs Public Private Partnership Unit. Gautrain was initiated as one of eleven Blue IQ projects of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG).

Blue IQ is a multi-billion Rand initiative of the GPG to develop economic infrastructure for specific major projects in smart industries, high value-added manufacturing and tourism. It works in partnership with business and government departments as a catalyst to promote strategic private sector investment in key growth sectors of the Gauteng economy.

The Gautrain project is, therefore, primarily aimed at enhancing and supporting economic growth in the Gauteng Province and generating employment. This project is part of a longer-term vision, which will include a commitment towards creating and sustaining a new culture of public transport usage.

WHY A RAPID RAIL SYSTEM?


Gauteng, the country’s economic hub, is currently experiencing traffic congestion on its major routes, especially between Tshwane and Johannesburg. The current transport facilities and services between these two cities are mainly road based. The land required for a rapid rail system is far less than that of a road system. Apart from alleviating the severe traffic congestion, economic development will be stimulated by the rapid rail system and it will have distinct environmental advantages over other forms of transport.

The planned Gautrain Rapid Rail Link is aimed at providing an alternative public transport mode to car users and therefore to attract private car-users to the train. This service will help alleviate the congestion on the roads between Johannesburg and Tshwane.

The N1 Freeway currently carries some of the highest traffic volumes in South Africa with more than 157 000 vehicles travelling on it per day and a traffic growth rate of 7% per year. There is currently 300 000 cars per week day in the Tshwane-Johannesburg traffic corridor. It is estimated that approximately one-fifth of Tshwane-Johannesburg commuters will make the switch from travelling by road to travelling by rail. Gautrain should initially transport more than 100 000 passengers per day.

Traffic congestion on the N1 Freeway is currently estimated to cost more than R300 million per year, including production time lost during travelling time, higher transport costs and above average accident rates. Furthermore, traffic congestion impacts negatively on quality of life. Due to emissions from vehicles levels of pollution also increase contentiously.



Considering inter alia the variables above, the Gautrain Provincial Government is satisfied and confident of the feasibility of this rapid rail project. The detailed Feasibility Report justifies Gautrain's technical-, financial-, economic-, socio-political and environmental feasibility.

LOOK & FEEL



Click here to view a 3D video of how Gautrain will look on the interior and exterior.

Courtesy www.gautrain.co.za

Last edited by Inertia; May 14th, 2008 at 08:06 PM.
Inertia no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old May 14th, 2008, 08:02 PM   #15
Inertia
Bloody Agent
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: DA Country
Posts: 3,273
Likes (Received): 128

RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The Gautrain rail system has two major corridors: South - North and West-East.

The South-North route starts in the Park Station precinct in central Johannesburg and proceeds north underground for six kilometres beneath the Parktown ridge and Oxford Road to Rosebank Station. From there the line continues underground for a further five kilometres beneath Dunkeld, Hyde Park, Inanda Ext 1 and Rivonia Road to a station within the Sandton business district. After Sandton Station the route remains underground beneath Sandown, Strathavon, the M1 and Marlboro Drive before appearing onto the surface in Marlboro, approximately four kilometres from Sandton.

From Marlboro Station, adjacent to the Marlboro Drive/N3 interchange, the route heads further north, running to the east of Buccleuch until it reaches Midrand Station next to Grand Central Airport. After Midrand Station, the route largely tracks the Old Pretoria-Johannesburg Road (past Glen Austin and Randjesfontein) and the N1 before it stops at the Centurion Station in Centurion’s central business district, just north of Centurion Lake. Thereafter the route runs to the west of the Ben Schoeman highway from the Jean Avenue interchange down the Snake Valley and east of Salvokop into Pretoria.

Pretoria Station is the next stop, 11 kilometres from Centurion, and it will be situated adjacent to the existing Pretoria Station. Here the Gautrain will be able to link to other rail services. The line will then run east for six kilometres, largely using the existing South Africa Rail Commuter Corporation rail corridor, to Hatfield Station.

The West-East route will take passengers from Sandton Station, via Marlboro, to Rhodesfield Station in Kempton Park. From there it will connect to a station built within the airport terminal complex at OR Tambo International Airport. The route from Sandton to Marlboro is the same as for the South-North route. After Marlboro Station, the West-East route crosses the northern boundary of the Linbro Park landfill, past the Linbro Park Agricultural Holdings and across the Modderfontein property before connecting to the existing rail corridor, serving the Kelvin Power Station and the Spartan/Isando industrial area, into Rhodesfield. The last link between Rhodesfield and OR Tambo International Airport will negotiate the R21/R24 road interchange.

The Sandton-OR Tambo International Airport rail service will take airline passengers between the two points in less than 15 minutes, whereas the trip between Johannesburg and Tshwane will be less than 40 minutes.



Courtesy www.gautrain.co.za
Inertia no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old May 14th, 2008, 08:03 PM   #16
Inertia
Bloody Agent
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: DA Country
Posts: 3,273
Likes (Received): 128

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - 30 APRIL 2008

A) SOUTHERN SECTION

1. Underground section

PARK STATION
Excavation of the single-track rail tunnel towards Emergency Shaft 2 in Houghton has reached approximately 310 metres from the tunnel portal.

Construction of the underground station box and multi-story parkade foundation is making good progress.

Within the station box, waler beams and struts have been installed to provide temporary lateral support to the perimeter walls during station box excavation.







EMERGENCY SHAFT 1 (HILLBROW)
The single-track rail tunnel between Park Station and Sandton Station will feature seven emergency access shafts. These shafts will provide emergency services personnel access to the tunnels below. At the bases of these shafts there will be safe havens where passengers can gather in case of an emergency.

The Land required for Emergency Shaft 1 in Hillbrow is in the process of being expropriated. Site establishment and shaft excavation will start once this process has been completed.

EMERGENCY SHAFT 2 (THE WILDS, HOUGHTON)
At Shaft E2, shaft lining was completed to the 38 metre depth above the cavern and grouting ahead of the cavern excavation was in progress. Once this cavern is complete, an adit linking the bottom of the shaft to the tunnel alignment will be excavated, from where two rail tunnel sections will be excavated. The one tunnel will head south towards Park Station, while the other tunnel will head north towards Rosebank Station.

EMERGENCY SHAFT 3 (RIVIERA)
Construction of this shaft will start soon. The construction site has been hoarded and site establishment has commenced.

EMERGENCY SHAFT 4 (HOUGHTON)
Excavation of this shaft has been completed to its 14.3 metre final depth.

ROSEBANK STATION







The giant Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) has already installed approximately 460 tunnel lining segments rings in the single-track rail tunnel being bored towards Emergency Shaft E2. This equates to a distance of almost 690 metres of tunnel bored below Oxford Road.

This moving factory uses latest international technology to bore a 3km section of the tunnel from Rosebank Station southwards. The TBM has been purpose-built to deal with the difficult geological conditions along this section of the route. The remainder of the single-track rail tunnel towards Park Station will be excavated using conventional drilling and blasting methods. The TBM, named Imbokodo, installs pre-cast concrete tunnel lining segments behind it as it moves forward. It leaves behind a watertight and smooth lining to the 6.8m diameter tunnel.

Tunnel lining segments are manufactured at an off-site facility and are delivered to site.







Excavation of the underground station box and its base slab is completed. Construction of the external walls within the station box is in progress.

Excavation of the single-track rail tunnel towards Emergency Shaft 5 has reached 250 metres.

EMERGENCY SHAFT 5 (DUNKELD, ROSEBANK)






Tunnelling southwards towards Sandton Station – the only section of tunnelling being excavated from this shaft - has progressed to approximately 315 metres. Excavation of the safe haven chamber is progressing simultaneously.

A head house structure is visible above the shaft, which houses the overhead gantry crane. It is used for hoisting excavated rock and lowering and lifting materials and equipment. The crane is clad with sound absorbing panels to limit noise created by construction work. This is a temporary structure, which will be removed once tunnelling operations are completed.

SANDTON STATION







Construction of the cavern for the underground station is in progress. Excavation of the three level parking basement is complete and construction of the parkade foundations has commenced.

Excavation of caverns in both directions from the 45 metre deep shaft at the southern end of the station continued, with the single-track rail tunnel cavern towards the south having progressed to approximately 45 metres.

MUSHROOM FARM PARK
Two sets of tunnels are being excavated towards Sandton. The single track tunnel has reached Sandton Station and remained at 472 metres, while the double tunnel towards Sandton continued, reaching approximately 280 metres by month end.

The double tunnel towards Marlboro Portal reached approximately 650 metres. Later this year, the tunnel being excavated from Mushroom Farm Park will meet with the tunnel being excavated from Marlboro Portal to form one, continuous tunnel.

Mushroom Farm Park is a temporary shaft, used to provide access for tunnel construction. The community park will be fully reinstated once construction operations are complete.

MARLBORO PORTAL





Excavation of the double track tunnel towards Mushroom Farm Park approached
1 870 metres from the portal. Inside the tunnel, the final lining is being applied to the tunnel walls. Construction of the floor slab to support the railway tracks is in progress. Concrete walkways are being installed and construction of the dividing wall - separating the two sets of tracks – is in progress. Construction of the cut & cover structure adjoining the portal continued.

The portal at Marlboro is the point where the tunnel “daylights”. It seperates the underground and surface sections of the route.

2. Surface alignment

MARLBORO STATION AND N3 UNDERPASS







A continuous long-span elevated rail bridge is called a viaduct. Several viaducts are being built to cross rivers and roads on Gautrain’s route. The precast concrete deck segments for these viaducts are being manufactured at the precast yard.

At Viaducts 1a and 11, which cross over the Jukskei River and East Bank Road in Alexander, the southern abutments – the last elements of substructure remaining – approached completion, ahead of the arrival of launching girder T1, which has completed its work at Viaduct 3. Once the launching girder is assembled, deck erection will commence.

Earthworks, retaining walls and associated drainage structures are in progress between the Marlboro Portal and the N3 Crossing, including in the area of the Marlboro Station, where station construction has now started.

Construction of a series of underpasses, where the two pairs of railway lines cross below the N3 highway alongside the Marlboro Road bridge, continues.

B) NORTHERN SECTION (Depot to Hatfield Station)

DEPOT, PRECAST YARD AND RAIL WELDING FACILITY
Construction of this section of the route between the N3 crossing and the Depot is well advanced.

At Viaduct 2, over Modderfontein Spruit, M-beam erection was completed, side panel installation is well advanced and casting of deck slabs on top of the M-beams is in progress.

At the Train Depot, Gautrain’s 24 train sets will be maintained, serviced cleaned, and securely stabled overnight. The adjacent Bus Depot will perform a similar function for Gautrain’s dedicated fleet of 150 luxury buses. Construction of these facillities is well advanced, with the Bus Depot administration building already complete and the Train Depot offices and maintenance workshops targeted for completion within the next few months.

The welding of rails into 216 metre long lengths has commenced at the temporary flash butt welding yard that has been set up adjacent to the Train Depot. This facility uses high tech rail welding methods which eliminate the need for jointed gaps between rail lengths. The laying of trackwork for the stabling sidings at the train depot has commenced.

The precast yard – also temporarily located at the Depot - is equipped with twin concrete batching plants and several overhead gantries and tower cranes that are required to manufacture a variety of precast concrete elements. These include viaduct segments, bridge beams and parapets, tunnel walkway sections and noise barriers. From here, precast elements are transported to the various construction sites as needed. It is currently the largest precast facility in Africa.

MIDRAND AREA
Construction is now well underway in the vicinity of the Midrand Station and continuing towards Centurion.






A continuous long-span elevated rail bridge is called a viaduct. Construction of Viaduct 3 over Allandale Road is making good progress. All thirteen of the deck spans have now been erected and this launching girder will now be dismantled and transported to Viaducts 1a and 11 at Marlboro

Deck segments are erected using massive purpose-built launching girders. These girders are launched across the supporting piers to rapidly assemble the precast deck segments. Segments are then glued and stressed together to form the deck spans. This international bridge deck assembly method enables construction to proceed with minimal disruption to existing infrastructure and traffic below. There are two of these underslung launching girders deployed on the project.

At Viaduct 4, which crosses over Rietspruit and Olifantsfontein Road South, construction of the supporting piers and abutments are in progress.

Construction of a number of smaller road-over-rail bridges in this area continues, including at Ridge Road, West Road, New Road and George Road.

CENTURION AREA






Viaduct 5 carries the elevated alignment through Centurion. It stretches over the John Vorster Interchange crossing the N1 in the south and then continues through Centurion to the Jean Avenue Interchange crossing the Ben Schoeman highway in the north. The sinking of deep foundation shafts for Viaduct 5 at both of these interchanges continues, and construction of the supporting piers is in progress at the Jean Avenue section.

Several temporary steel pedestrian bridges have been erected over the N14 highway at the Jean Avenue interchange and across the N1 at John Vorster interchange to provide construction workers safe access across these busy highways.

Within Centurion itself, foundation construction – comprising excavation, preloading, grouting and piling – is underway at many of the viaduct pier locations, including those which will support the elevated platforms of Centurion Station. This station will be situated on the northern side of West Street close to Centurion Lake. Utility diversions throughout the Centurion area are ongoing.

TSHWANE AREA
Construction of an underpass where the Gautrain rail track will cross underneath the Ben Schoeman to the south of Salvokop is in progress.

Piling for the pier foundations has started at Viaduct 7, which will cross over Nelson Mandela Boulevard at the entrance to the city.

At Pretoria Station, the existing staff parking area has now been vacated to enable construction of the Gautrain Station to proceed. Hoarding has been erected around the construction site.







HATFIELD AREA
Between Pretoria and Hatfield a number of bridges crossing the existing railway line require to be widened to accommodate the adjacent Gautrain tracks.

Abutment construction for the widening of the Lynnwood Road bridge continued, as did foundation work and piling at the Ridge Road bridge, that will replace the existing bridge at Willow Road, which is to be demolished. Piling at the new Grosvenor Road bridge next to Hatfield Station and piling for the extension of Cilliers Street bridge commenced during April.

At Hatfield Station, piling for the parkade structure was in progress and construction of the base for the retaining wall along the adjacent SARCC alignment diversion got underway.

C) EAST-WEST AIRPORT LINK

3. Airport Link (Marlboro Station to OR Tambo International Airport)






Deck erection at Viaduct 13 over Centenary Way in Modderfontein, using launching girder T2, is approaching completion.

A short distance to the east, foundation and abutment construction continued at Viaduct 14, which will span over Zuurfontein Road and the adjacent existing railway line.

Several other bridges and culverts are also currently being built along this section of the route.

OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT STATION
By far the longest viaduct on the east-west section of the route is the 1.5 km long Viaduct 15, which will carry the double track railway line over the R21/R24 road network to the elevated OR Tambo International Airport Station. Viaduct foundations have been completed and construction of the supporting piers is well advanced.







Construction of the station concourse is in progress and is visible above the elevated drop-off road. This is immediately adjacent to the new Central Terminal Building which is currently under construction at the airport.

D) OVERALL PROGRESS
Construction started at the end of September 2006. 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.

Toll-free call centre: 0800-GAUTRAIN (0800-42887246). The call centre is operational weekdays between 6am and 9pm with an answering system after-hours.

Communities are reminded that regular Community Liaison Forums are held in affected areas. These afford residents the opportunity to voice their concerns and have their questions answered by Gautrain officials who are present at these meetings.

Courtesy www.gautrain.co.za
Inertia no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old May 14th, 2008, 08:04 PM   #17
Inertia
Bloody Agent
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: DA Country
Posts: 3,273
Likes (Received): 128

TUNNEL PROGRESS - MFP TO MARLBORO PORTAL



TUNNEL PROGRESS - ROSEBANK TO SANDTON



TUNNEL PROGRESS - PARK TO ROSEBANK



Courtesy www.gautrain.co.za
Inertia no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old May 14th, 2008, 08:05 PM   #18
Inertia
Bloody Agent
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: DA Country
Posts: 3,273
Likes (Received): 128

Park Station:





Rosebank:





MFP + Marlboro:







Underpasses:









Precast Yard (train + bus depot):







OR Tambo:





Viaducts:











Courtesy www.gautrain.co.za
Inertia no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old May 15th, 2008, 03:01 AM   #19
Lost Cosmonaut
BANNED
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Curitiba - Brazil
Posts: 1,859
Likes (Received): 6

Tshwane? The city changed its name?
Lost Cosmonaut no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old May 15th, 2008, 06:38 AM   #20
Svartmetall
Ordo Ab Chao
 
Svartmetall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Past: Northampton, UK (19 years), Auckland NZ (7 years), Now: Stockholm, Sweden
Posts: 14,074
Likes (Received): 8806

Thank you for the updates, however, we have so many Gautrain threads now... Someone really needs to merge all the info together so as not to clog up the international transport section.

Here are three others:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=554446
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=607844
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=601660

All of these have been posted in relatively recently. Not to mention many other contributions from South African forumers elsewhere showing off the Gautrain stations in other threads in the transport section.

Your project isn't THAT special!
Svartmetall está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
south africa

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 04:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium