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Seaford Rail Extension contract awarded

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> The Thiess MacDow Joint Venture has been awarded the design and construction contract for the new $291m Seaford Rail Extension in Adelaide, South Australia. </span> <p>Parsons Brinckerhoff, along with Aurecon, Sinclair Knight Mertz and Hassell will deliver all aspects of the project’s design including the 5.7km rail extension from Noarlunga to Seaford a 1.2km viaduct two new rail stations a rail depot for commissioning of trains three local road overpasses and associated civil engineering works.</p><p>Parsons Brinckerhoff project manager David Johnston said the project presents numerous technical challenges, ranging from the need to construct the railway and new viaduct across the environmentally and culturally sensitive Onkaparinga River plain, to constructing the viaduct on poor alluvial soils.</p><p>The Seaford Rail Extension will provide a 5.7km extension of the dual track line from Noarlunga Centre railway station to the Seaford District Centre, including:</p><ul><li>stations and park’n’ride facilities at Seaford Meadows and the Seaford District Centre</li><li>a bus interchange at the Seaford District Centre</li><li>a 1.2km elevated rail bridge over the Onkapringa Valley and a rail bridge over Old Honeypot Drive and</li><li>road bridges over the track at Goldsmith Drive, Seaford Road and Lynton Terrace.</li></ul><p>The project made it to Infrastructure Australia’s (IA) ‘priority’ list of projects in IA’s 2009 report and subsequently received $291 in federal funding.</p><p>Construction is due to start in January 2011, with electric train services expected to begin operating in 2013 in line with the completion of the electrification of the Noarlunga line.<br />&nbsp</p>