Arc Infrastructure has invested $8.5 million in the latest stage of the Avon to Kwinana Track Upgrade Project (AKTUP), an ongoing program to replace ageing infrastructure across this part of the network, which carries grain traffic, interstate freight and passenger services.
Completed over 12 weeks, the works involved replacing a 15km section of dual gauge rail near Toodyay, replacing 900 dual gauge concrete sleepers, level crossing renewal and 350m of undercutting and track renewal. Arc engaged contractors John Holland to help deliver the works.
The project builds on more than $70 million worth of track upgrades Arc has invested on this part of the network in the last five years, ensuring the provision of a safe, efficient and reliable freight network that continues to meet industry needs.
General Manager Network Strategy and Customer Operations Paul Lowney said the technically challenging project was completed with minimal disruption to customers.
“The AKTUP works are completed annually on this section of the Eastern Goldfields Railway (EGR) to ensure the tracks are maintained to the standard required to safely support rail traffic through the Avon Valley. The terrain and access through the Avon Valley is complex and creates additional challenges for rail replacement.
“This is a busy part of the rail network and there were numerous trains running through daily while the upgrade works were undertaken. The section of railway between Cockburn South and Avon Yard is duplicated track, allowing Arc to have bi-directional trains running on one track to keep rail traffic moving through this part of the network and minimise any disruption to customers,” Paul said.
Site Engineer George Duong commended the team who successfully completed the works.
“This was an enormous team effort that resulted in the project being delivered on time. Thank you to everyone in the office and out in the field,” he said.
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