The state government of Victoria is set to construct the North East Link, the missing link in Melbourne’s road network that will complete the Metropolitan Ring Road in Australia.
Construction work has commenced on the first section of the Puhoi to Wellsford road in New Zealand.
New Zealand-based Fletcher Construction has won a contract from the NZ Transport Agency to construct a section of the Kāpiti Expressway in New Zealand.
CPB Contractors, a CIMIC Group company, has been chosen as the preferred contractor by Transurban Queensland to design and build the $512M Logan Enhancement project in Queensland, Australia.
Australian construction firm John Holland has won a contract to build the Mernda Rail Extension project in Victoria, Australia.
The state of Victoria, Australia, has announced a $1.8bn package to carry out road upgrade and maintenance works that will reduce travel times and enhance road safety and connectivity in the state.
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has awarded a $710M contract to the Northern Express Group to deliver and operate a new motorway in New Zealand.
Jacobs Engineering has been appointed as a member of the Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte joint venture (FHSW JV) to provide design services for the Bruce Highway Upgrade Project in Queensland, Australia.
CPB Contractors and its alliance partners have reached contractual close with Main Roads Western Australia to deliver the Roe 8 project in Perth, Australia.
A joint venture of Seymour Whyte and Fulton Hogan has secured a $442M design and build contract for the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway section of the Bruce Highway upgrade in Queensland, Australia.
The government of New Zealand and Auckland Council have signed an agreement to finance half the cost of Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL) project.
A joint venture between KBR, SMEC Australia and US-based Jacobs Engineering has been appointed to oversee design at the Darlington Upgrade project in Adelaide, Australia.The design JV was subcontracted by the Gateway South Consortium — comprising Fulton Hogan and Laing O’Rourke — which was recently selected to design and build the AUD620M ($440M) road project.The Jacobs, KBR and SMEC Australia JV will be responsible for the reconfiguration of the existing 3.3km-long road from the Southern Expressway to north of Tonsley Boulevard, and the design of a lowered, non-stop motorway.Jacobs’ senior vice president of buildings and infrastructure Patrick Hill said: “We are proud to be involved in this landmark transport project for South Australia and look forward to working closely with the other members of the Gateway South team.“This project represents an excellent opportunity to leverage our proven experience and expertise on major transport infrastructure projects.”The majority of the detailed design and approvals work is set to commence in 2016, with all ground works anticipated to be finished by 2018.
Three consortia have been selected for the construction of a new metro tunnel and five new underground stations in Australia.The shortlisted bidders for the AU$6bn (£3.5bn) public-private partnership (PPP) include Continuum Victoria, Cross Yarra Partnership and Moving Melbourne Together.The PPP will be responsible for the construction and fit-out of the 9km metro tunnel and five new underground stations — to be located at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.Daniel Andrews, premier of Victoria, said: “The best construction companies in the world are lining up to build the biggest public transport project in Australia — the Metro Tunnel.“Melbourne needs the Metro Tunnel and we’re not wasting a moment — major work starts next year. The Metro Tunnel will let us run trains so often that you don’t need a timetable — you just turn up and go.”At least six tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will be used during construction, with three giant shafts — up to 11 storeys deep — to be excavated at Franklin Street and A’Beckett Street near Melbourne Central station, and at City Square near Flinders Street Station.The consortia now have to submit a formal proposal by early next year. A contract is expected to be awarded by the end of 2017. According to the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, the project is expected to create 4,700 jobs.• Continuum Victoria comprises Acciona Infrastructure, Ferrovial Agroman, Honeywell, Downer EDI and Plenary Origination;• Cross Yarra Partnership comprises Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital;• Moving Melbourne Together comprises Pacific Partnerships, CPB Constructors, Ghella, Salini Impregilo, Serco and Macquarie Capital.
The government of New Zealand has committed $435M for the construction of the new Christchurch Northern Corridor and the second stage of the Christchurch Southern Motorway. The $240M Christchurch Northern Corridor will be built to the east of Belfast, from the Waimakairiri River to Cranford Street. The project will facilitate North Canterbury commuters travelling into Christchurch. The $195M second stage of the Southern Motorway project will transform the State Highway 1 into four lanes, north of Rolleston. The contract for this second stage has been awarded to a joint venture between McConnell Dowell and Downer. According to NZ Transport Agency southern regional director Jim Harland, both motorways will help improve travel times and support the growth of Christchurch as an important freight distribution centre and export hub.These are the two last Christchurch Motorways projects to be built under the government’s Roads of National Significance programme.Construction on the projects is expected to commence in October, and be completed within four years.
Construction works have started on the $420M Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 extension in Queensland, Australia.Stage 2 will involve the construction of three new light rail stations at Parkwood East, Parkwood and Helensvale and extra park-and-ride car parking facilities at Helensvale and Parkwood stations.Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe said: “Construction work will now accelerate in the race towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and will support up to 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction and operation.“Bulk earthworks and excavation are underway to prepare for the installation of the track to ensure this gold medal project is Games-ready before April 2018. “Four new trams will be required to service Stage 2 and they have already been ordered. They will be built in Germany and arrive in Australia by October 2017 and a total of 18 light rail vehicles will service both stages.”
Tunnelling work has commenced on the WestConnex M4 East motorway in New South Wales, Australia. Four road headers have been placed underground to start work on the first WestConnex tunnel. Construction work will be carried out in both directions to create the 5.5km tunnels that will link Homebush with Haberfield, in the first stage of WestConnex.The section between Homebush Bay Drive and Underwood Road is surface motorway, while the rest is twin 5.3m-high tunnels — three lanes in each direction from Homebush to Haberfield.New South Wales premier Mike Baird said: “This is a milestone event for the congestion-busting WestConnex motorway, which will deliver more than $20bn in benefits to NSW and create 10,000 jobs during construction.“Sydney can’t wait a minute longer for WestConnex which will cut 40 minutes from a typical journey between Parramatta and Sydney Airport, and bypass up to 52 sets of traffic lights.”New South Wales minister for roads and freight Duncan Gay said that the government was getting on with delivering much-needed infrastructure for Sydney’s growing population, with tunnelling starting at four different sites over the coming months to build the M4 East, which will open to motorists in 2019.Upon completion, WestConnex will join the M4 and M5 in a continuous motorway with connections at Rozelle, Camperdown, St Peters and Sydney Airport.
Acciona in a joint venture with Ferrovial has been selected as the preferred bidder to design and construct the AUD250M ($189.8M) Clarence River Crossing in Australia.The project will include the construction of a 1.5km four-lane bridge in the Australian town of Harwood, with a vertical clearance above the river of at least 30m.Two years ago, the joint venture won the Pacific Highway Upgrade project between Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads — a 19.5km section. The work involved the construction of a bridge over the River Nambucca in Macksville, two bridges across Warrell Creek and two intersections.Both projects are part of the Pacific Highway Upgrade plan to improve and extend the highway that connects Sydney with Brisbane, financed by the governments of Australia and New South Wales.
Jacobs Engineering Group has been appointed as client-side technical advisor by the Western Australia Public Transport Authority (PTA) for the AUD2bn ($1.5bn) Forrestfield Airport Rail Link in Australia.The project includes the construction of about 8.5km of underground rail. The twin-bored tunnels will connect an existing underground rail line to the Perth airport and the eastern foothill suburbs to the rail network. It will also involve the construction of new overground and underground stations.Under the contract, Jacobs will be responsible for the provision of a multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental team to review the project’s design and construction documentation.The team will review and confirm the technical acceptance of safety critical systems and adherence to PTA operations, maintenance and other policy conditions, as well as compliance with other stakeholder requirements.Jacobs is also acting as the discipline lead for rail and building services — mechanical and electrical, and is being supported by sub-consultants B,G&E and Golder & Associates.Jacobs’ senior vice president of buildings and infrastructure Patrick Hill said: “We are proud to be part of this important public transport project for Western Australia, and we look forward to contributing significant value based on our expertise in the rail sector.“We recognize successful delivery for this project requires a well integrated delivery team that works seamlessly to meet tight review timeframes. As such, we are employing a partnership model with our sub-consultants, rather than a traditional lead and sub-consultant relationship.”
Downer NZ Limited has secured an $115M contract for the construction of Longswamp section of the Waikato Expressway in New Zealand.The road project represents the final of seven sections of the 102km Waikato Expressway.Work on the 5.9km section will commence in October 2016 and will see the existing SH1 widened to four lanes between Hampton Downs and Rangiriri. In addition, a new local road bridge will be constructed over the four-lane Expressway.New Zealand’s transport minister Simon Bridges said: “This means all sections of the Waikato Expressway will be under construction by the end of 2016. The Longswamp section is the final piece of this transformational project. “Once finished the Waikato Expressway will be a game changer for this country. It will create jobs, boost industry and improve safety for all motorists travelling on this section of State Highway 1.“It will reduce congestion and unlock economic potential by providing stronger links between the business and agricultural centres of Auckland and the Waikato, as well as the Bay of Plenty.”The project is anticipated to be complete in 2018.
John Holland has been awarded a $324M early works package for Melbourne Metro in Victoria, Australia.John Holland will be responsible for excavating shafts in the centre of Melbourne as part of the preparation works for the tunnel and five new underground stations.The contract will also include the excavation of open shafts adjacent to Swanston Street to enable the underground construction of two new city stations built as part of the $10.9bn project.Excavation of the CBD North Station will include two shafts at Franklin and A’Beckett Street, which will be covered by acoustic sheds to minimise noise for neighbouring residents and offices.According to John Holland, the construction of CBD South will include the partial demolition of the car park underneath City Square.Other works in the package include the relocation and protection of up to 100 utilities, including gas, power and telecommunications services, and the 120-year-old brick main sewer line under the Domain interchange.Works are expected to commence within weeks, with work on the stations’ shafts to begin in 2017, after the completion of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) that is currently underway and the project’s formal planning approval.