News in Brief – 11-18 April 2012
Rising passenger patronage for China; Works begin on VIC’s $60m Hurstbridge line upgrade; UGL wins $370m worth of contracts
Rising passenger patronage for China
China's railways reportedly transported 453.25 million passengers during the first quarter of the year, up 0.7% from the previous period. The railways delivered a reported 998.61 million tonnes of freight during the first quarter period for 2012, up 3.2% from the previous period. According to a report posted on the railways ministry's website, the Ministry has prioritised the delivery of major essential goods to meet the demand of industrial production and the people's basic needs.
Works begin on VIC’s $60m Hurstbridge line upgrade
Main works are set to begin shortly on the Hurstbridge line upgrade project with the construction contract awarded to Abigroup.
Minister for public transport Terry Mulder said the $60.8m upgrade will improve the reliability and efficiency of the Hurstbridge line.
“The project includes the addition of two new stabling tracks at the Eltham stabling yard and a signalling upgrade between Greensborough and Hurstbridge,” Mulder said.
“Currently, trains operating on the Hurstbridge line are stabled on the Epping line and in Melbourne.
“Adding two new stabling tracks at Eltham will mean fewer trains will have to be transferred from other lines to travel on the Hurstbridge line.
“The upgrade to automatic signalling between Greensborough and Hurstbridge railway stations will enable more than one train to travel in the same direction along the single line track.”
The Hurstbridge line upgrade project will involve:
- Reconfiguring the Eltham stabling yards to add two extra tracks, bringing the total to five
- Upgrading 15 kilometres of signalling between Greensborough and Hurstbridge railway stations
- Building a new section of track north of the Diamond Street level crossing to allow trains to enter and exit the stabling yard independently of the main rail line
- Constructing a new substation at Sherbourne Road in Montmorency to provide additional power supply to support the new infrastructure on the Hurstbridge line
- Modifying the car park on Youth Road to provide facilities for rail staff, while retaining the same number of car parking spaces for rail passengers
- Improving the visual amenity of Eltham railway station with landscaping and fencing
- Establishing a heritage exhibit near Eltham railway station to display the historical manual signalling equipment.
The Hurstbridge line upgrade project is scheduled for completion in 2013.
The project is being delivered by Metro Trains Melbourne on behalf of the Department of Transport.
UGL wins $370m worth of contracts
UGL has won a series of key projects in Australia’s resources sector worth $370m.
More than $270m of the new projects are in the mining sector, including provision of the rail signalling and communications system for Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon rail spur in Western Australia and construction of the new Solomon mine power station.
Other contract wins included a two-year contract with Rio Tinto for maintenance services at the Hail Creek mine in Queensland, a new three-year contract to provide maintenance services at the Queensland Gregory Crinum mine for BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance's coal operations, an upgrade of the Sydney West to Holroyd transmission line for TransGrid in NSW and work on a number of new power systems and power transmission projects in Queensland.
Rio’s Pilbara expansion
The expansion of Rio Tinto's Pilbara operations to 283 million tonnes per annum (mpta) by the end of 2013 remains on track. On 8 February 2012, Rio committed a further $1.2bn (Rio Tinto share $700m) for Cape Lambert port and rail early works needed for the proposed capacity expansion to 353 mtpa. The 353 mtpa expansion is in final feasibility study, with a final investment decision expected later this year.
On 20 February 2012, Rio Tinto announced a $518m (Rio Tinto share US$478 million) investment in autonomous trains for the Pilbara rail network. The first driverless train will be launched in 2014, with the AutoHaul automated train programme scheduled for completion a year later.
Rio Tinto's integrated operations will be progressively upgraded as follows:
• 230 mpta – current operating capacity
• 283 mtpa by end of 2013 - Cape Lambert 53 Mt/a increment (in implementation)
• 353 mtpa by end of H1 2015 - Cape Lambert 70 Mt/a increment (in feasibility)
RDS7663 Signal Cables & RDS7664 Cable Routes
The draft Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISS) standards RDS 7663 - Signal Cables and RDS 7664 - Cable Routes have been released for their second open public consultation.
- Draft RDS 7663 - Signal Cables
This standard sets out the minimum requirements for railway signalling cables to minimise the risk of asset failures and of harm to personnel working with, or in the vicinity of, railway signalling cables. It will Identify the risks (hazards) being controlled, ensure that cables of an appropriate standard are utilised and support a consistent approach in the use of Signalling Cables, enabling common cables to be used across state boundaries.
- Draft RDS 7664 - Cable Routes
This standard sets out the minimum requirements for railway signalling cable routes, cable pits and for foundations at signals, gantries, location cases, equipment rooms, telephones and ground frames. The purpose is to minimise the risk of asset failures and to minimise harm to personnel working with, or in the vicinity of, railway signalling cable routes and trackside infrastructure when working out with the rail danger zone.
How to contribute?
Stakeholders are invited to submit comments on the two Drafts. They are available for download from the RISSB website:
Draft RDS 7663 - Signal Cables
Draft RDS 7664 - Cable Routes
Comments on the draft standards can be submitted via the RISSB website on the spreadsheet provided. For further information please contact Laurie Wilson on 02 6270 4520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for comments is 09 May 2012.
Safety Data Guideline
Please be aware that the open consultation for the 1st draft of the Safety Data Guideline is ending on the 13th of April 2012.
Both the draft and the comment form are available on the RISSB website for download: http://www.rissb.com.au/site/products_safety.php?document=Safety+Data+Guideline
All enquiries can be directed to Julien Marechal, RISSB Manager – Special Projects, at the following address: email@example.com.
AS7659 Type Approval Standard
The draft RISSB AS7659 Type Approval Standard has been released for its first open public consultation.
This draft standard is intended to describe the process of type approval of rail-related equipment. It is intended to be supported by other RISSB documents such as the future Code of Practice for Type Approval of Rail Signaling Equipment, and the future RISSB Rollingstock Certification Standard.
The intent is that this draft standard describes the high-level process of type approval, whereas the supporting documents will provide the detail as to how that process is instantiated for various rail systems.
How to contribute?
Stakeholders are now invited to submit comments on the draft, and it is now available for download from the RISSB website: http://www.rissb.com.au
Any comments on the draft can be submitted using the spreadsheet provided on the RISSB website or by emailing Alex Borodin, Manager Safety and Systems at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for comments is Friday 11 May 2012 . Comments must be submitted electronically via the RISSB website by inserting them in the draft standard spreadsheet. Contact details for commentators must also be supplied.
Weekly Top Stories
- Narwee Station set for major upgrade
- Second harbour crossing good for NWRL
- More details on ARA’s RISSB review
- State could help build Galilee line
- Hunter Valley shutdowns this week
- Inland rail wins Asciano’s support
- PwC report: rail the best for growth