The final section of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) between Craibstone and Parkhill in Scotland has opened to traffic, providing access to the entire 36-mile (58km) route to road users across the North East.
The Ural high-speed rail project in Russia has moved closer to reality with Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Siemens Mobility and the Economic Partnership Ural High-Speed Rail signing an agreement to invest in the project and take up joint construction.
Hampton Roads Connector Partners (HRCP), a design-build team, has won a $3.3bn fixed price contract from the Commonwealth of Virginia, US, for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project.
Balfour Beatty has won a £220m contract from Transport for London (TfL) to deliver the new London Underground track renewals contract over a four-year period.
Danish consulting engineering group Ramboll has been selected by Arlanda Airport in Stockholm as design partner for the development of Pier G, which will be connected to Terminal 5 in the airport.
Siemens Mobility has been selected by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) for the electrification of the Circle Line Stage 6 and the North East Line extension (NELe) in Singapore.
Jan De Nul Group, a Luxembourg-based company that provides services relating to the construction and maintenance of maritime infrastructure, has secured major works from the Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) of Australia to dredge the channel and enhance the safe and sustainable access to the Port of Port Hedland.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $150m loan to Guatemala for implementing an improvement and rehabilitation programme of roads connecting productive areas and departmental capitals to the main networks.
A consortium comprising Strabag, a subsidiary of European construction group Strabag, M-Silnice and SMP CZ, has won a CZK3.38bn (€132m) contract for a new section of the D35 motorway in the Czech Republic.
High Speed Two (HS2), a company that is developing and constructing the UK’s new high-speed rail network, has unveiled the latest designs for its west London super-hub at the former Great Western railway depot at Old Oak Common.
Port of Brisbane (PBPL) has selected Brady Marine & Civil and Hindmarsh as principal contractors for its A$158m ($114.4m) Brisbane International Cruise Terminal project.Following the appointment of principal contractors, the construction on the project is expected to start in the coming months.Brady Marine & Civil, a specialist marine infrastructure and engineering contractor, will oversee the wharf construction of Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, while Australian construction firm Hindmarsh is responsible for civil works and terminal building.Queensland state development, manufacturing, infrastructure and planning minister Cameron Dick said: “The Port of Brisbane’s $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal signals bright horizons for the cruising industry in Queensland.“It is expected to contribute $1.3 billion in net expenditure into the Brisbane economy alone over the coming two decades.”PBPL CEO Roy Cummins noted that early preparation for the wharf had already started with ABFI Steel Group initiating the work of manufacturing 105 piles with up to 45m long.Piling is also expected to begin soon following the wharf construction. At present, relocation of around 85,000 cubic metres of surcharge (clean sand) is underway.Hindmarsh is planning to start preparing the site for construction in March this year, and work is expected to begin in April.Cummins further added: “Importantly, both have strong track records for innovation and project delivery, together with the proven experience and capabilities required to help us deliver this world-class cruise facility.“With the start of major construction of the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal now imminent, we look forward to sharing the progress and milestones with the community as the new facility begins to take shape.”In October 2017, Port of Brisbane signed an agreement with the state government for the development of Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point.The facility is being developed to meet the requirements of cruise vessels of all sizes, including the largest ocean-going cruise ships in the world.In addition, the terminal will serve as gateway to the great south-east, enabling to increase economic and tourism opportunities for the region.
Network Rail has submitted a planning application to Teignbridge District Council to improve the long-term resilience of the railway linking Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the UK.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has announced the opening of the new SR 99 tunnel, a two-mile, double-deck tunnel part of replacement for Seattle’s seismically vulnerable Alaskan Way Viaduct, to traffic.
Transport for the North (TfN) has unveiled draft proposals valued at £70bn for northern infrastructure for the next three decades to transform the region’s economy.
Shanghai Tunnel Engineering (Singapore) has secured a S$615.9m ($458m) contract from the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) for a road tunnel, an MRT station box and commuter facilities between Sin Ming Avenue and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 as part of the North-South Corridor (NSC) project.
Network Rail has announced preferred bidders for the next decade of rail system contracts in Scotland and the South of England.
Australian integrated services firm Downer, as part of the VEC Shaw Joint Venture, is undertaking the A$92.3m ($66.4m) Perth Link Roads upgrade project in Tasmania.The project, touted to be the largest current road project in Tasmania, is a joint venture between VEC Civil Engineering, a Downer-owned company specialising in civil and bridge structures, and Shaw Contracting.Forming part of the government’s investment of A$500m ($360m) in Tasmania’s Midland Highway over 10 years, the road project is expected to enhance safety and efficiency by avoiding heavy vehicles from the centre of Perth as they travel to and from the northern and north-western ports.The project will offer link roads around the western side of Perth and include a new four-lane highway designed to a minimum AusRAP Star rating of three.It will also feature six single span structures and two large stock and farm access underpasses that have been precast by VEC specifically for the project, three roundabouts, full highway access, a system interchange, a cycling path and grade separation at the existing rail line.Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Michael McCormack, who paid a visit to the job site, said: “It’ll increase safety, provide certainty for the civil construction sector and create jobs for Tasmanians with numerous flow-on benefits for local businesses.”Earlier in this month, Downer secured the seal and asphalt works package for the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway (CR2SM) project on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.The scope of the project involves renovation of major interchanges and expanding an 8km stretch of the highway from four to six lanes, in addition to the construction of a service road for local traffic to the west of the highway.Australian integrated services firm said that more than 380,000 tonnes of asphalt will be supplied by its nearby Bli Bli facility for the project, which will be completed in late 2020.The contract has been awarded by head contractor Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture.
Transurban Group has signed agreements with the Commonwealth of Virginia to invest more than $1bn to deliver four road projects along Interstate 495 and Interstate 95 in northern Virginia.Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said: “My administration is committed to creating opportunity for Virginia families and businesses in every corner of the Commonwealth, and that requires having a safe, reliable transportation network.“I am pleased to announce these four projects that will bring significant improvements to I-495 and I-95, easing congestion, enhancing safety, and driving economic growth.”The transportation projects include the extension of the 495 Express Lanes for 3.2km from the I-495 and Dulles Toll Road interchange to the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge and Maryland line.The projects include the addition of a new, reversible ramp connecting the existing 95 Express Lanes at Opitz Boulevard to provide improved access to Potomac Mills and Sentara Virginia Medical Center and construction of a new southbound Occoquan auxiliary lane on Interstate 95 in Woodbridge in order to ease the traffic congestion at the Occoquan Bridge.Work on the transportation projects is anticipated to start after securing financing in FY2021.Transurban Group CEO Scott Charlton said: “We’re pleased to work with our partners in Virginia to continue improving transport infrastructure in the Greater Washington area.“This important network enhancement, extending the 495 Express Lanes to the north, is a further example of the incremental network enhancements we are able to achieve across our networks to provide congestion relief for our customers.”“Construction commencement is timed to coincide with completion of a number of our current development projects, including the 395 Express Lanes in the Greater Washington Area, NorthConnex and stages 1B and 2 of WestConnex in Sydney as well as the Logan Enhancement Project in Brisbane.”Furthermore, the plans for the Fredericksburg Extension Project (Fred Ex), a project featuring a 10-mile extension of the 95 Express Lanes to Fredericksburg, has been finalised and is on track for commercial close later this year.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA), a statutory board under the Ministry of Transport that is responsible for the land transport developments in Singapore, has announced the alignment and station locations for the first phase of the Cross Island Line (CRL).Touted be LTA’s longest fully underground line, the new section represents the transport authority’s eighth MRT line and will be constructed in three phases.Upon completion, the Cross Island Line will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, western, and north-eastern corridors, connecting major hubs like Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi region.The overall project is expected to have a daily ridership of more than 600,000 in the initial years, increasing to over one million in the future.CRL1, which represents the first phase of the CRL, covers 29km in length and features 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. The initial phase will cater to residential and industrial areas such as Loyang, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Defu, Hougang, Serangoon North and Ang Mo Kio.It is expected that over 100,000 households will benefit from first phase of the CRL. Construction on the CRL1 is anticipated to start in 2020 and will be completed by 2029.LTA stated that currently engineering studies are being conducted for the remaining phases of the CRL, including the two underground alignment options near the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.Several stakeholders have been consulted and their views have been taken into consideration before making an announcement on the final alignment, LTA said.When completed, CRL1 will reduce travel times for commuters between the central, north-eastern and eastern parts of Singapore.Furthermore, the transport authority will build a new 57-hectare depot at Changi East to offer stabling and maintenance facilities for up to 80 CRL trains.In order to support the construction of CRL1 and related road works, the Government of Singapore will partially acquire eight properties.LTA said that the acquisitions involve ancillary features such as green verges, boundary walls and subterranean space. The transport authority stressed that existing building structures will not be affected.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Image:LTA unveils first phase of Cross Island MRT Line. Photo: Courtesy of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore.
A consortium featuring three BAM companies has secured first civil engineering contract worth €439.4m from Société du Grand Paris for the development of Line 17 of the Grand Paris Express.