Graham team selected for Davenport Diamond rail project in Canada

WCN Editorial Team 20 Jun 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Graham Commuter Rail Solutions (GCRS) has been selected as preferred proponent to design, build and finance the Davenport Diamond rail grade separation project in Toronto, Canada.

GCRS is a joint venture of Graham Capital Partners, Gracorp Capital and Graham Construction and Engineering.

The design team for the project, which is a part of Metrolinx's GO Rail Expansion programme, includes LEA Consulting, exp Services, International Bridge Technologies and Brown & Storey Architects.

Graham infrastructure executive vice-president Ian Dickinson said: “Graham has successfully completed several rail projects similar to the Davenport Diamond project over the last seven years, including the Denver North Metro commuter rail line in Colorado and the Evergreen Skytrain project in the lower mainland of British Columbia.

“These projects each included over one kilometre of elevated guideway, so we’re excited to be able to bring this expertise to the Davenport Diamond and to partner with Metrolinx to deliver this critical component of the GO Rail Expansion program.”

The project involves the construction of a rail grade separation structure between north-south GO Barrie Rail corridor and east-west CP Rail corridor; and erection of retaining walls forming the approaches of the grade separation structure topped with noise reduction walls to minimize impacts on the community.

The scope of work also includes the construction of a temporary diversion track to enable construction of a new two-track elevated guideway; modification of an existing at-grade crossing at Wallace Avenue to become a road under rail grade separation; and replacement of Bloor Street West Bridge.

Additionally, the project involves the construction of an active rail corridor with limited access points and staging and coordination with the Barrie Rail Corridor Expansion Grading project.

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx plan to make financial close on the project in summer of 2019, shortly after which construction is scheduled to commence on the project.

Recently, Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) has agreed to invest CAD2bn (£1.17bn) as financing for Ontario’s GO Expansion – On Corridor project.

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Image: CIB to invest £1.17bn to expand GO Transit in Ontario. Photo: Courtesy of Canada Infrastructure Bank.

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