At a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, the Rail Technical Society for Australasia presented its 2020 Biennial Project Award to the game-changing Caulfield to Dandenong (CTD) Level Crossing Removal Project – the project’s 12th major industry honour.
The Alliance comprising WSP, Lendlease, CPB Contractors and Aurecon in partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Project and Metro Trains Melbourne, innovated throughout the project’s immense scope. It elevated the railway above the surrounding area, eliminated nine dangerous level crossings, delivered five new train stations, and created 22.5 hectares of new vibrant linear parkland, all to local residents’ surprise and delight.
The project team used state-of-the-art digital techniques to design and visualise the proposed works, manage program costs, and develop innovative methods for installing the overhead track structures while working around busy railway operations in a tight urban corridor – completing it all at high speed.
CTD’s successes are evidence of WSP’s commitment to people and places. The CTD team artfully enriched the urban space while alleviating several road congestion points, enlarging stations and upgrading the infrastructure to cater for longer, higher-capacity trains soon being added to the network.
Jamie Green, WSP Design Manager was thrilled with the award. He said, “It is a great honour for the CTD project to receive such a prestigious award from Australasia’s pre-eminent rail industry group. The award recognises the high-performing and exceptional efforts of our integrated team who challenged the norm throughout”.
The RTSA award win is the latest in CTD’s achievements and follows the 2019 Consult Australia Gold Award for Sustainability in Design, and Project Team Collaboration. In 2019 CTD also won Infrastructure Partnership Australia’s Industry Choice Award as well as the Government Partnerships Excellence Award.
“This latest win reflects the entire team’s perseverance and dedication to excellence,” added Jamie. “It shows just how much we can deliver to major transport infrastructure projects.”
The Newcastle Light Rail project received an honourable mention for the same RTSA award. WSP, in a joint venture, delivered Newcastle Light Rail for Downer and Transport for NSW (TfNSW), as part of the NSW Government’s $650m program to revitalise Newcastle. It was Australia’s first fully catenary-free light rail with an innovative charging mechanism, and it notably increased light rail’s appeal as a viable future option for growing regional areas.
The RTSA Project Award recognises railway industry achievements and considers issues such as project contribution, innovation, safety, sustainability and community benefits.
The RTSA is a joint technical society of Engineers Australia and Engineering New Zealand, established to further the interests of the railway industry and advancement of railway technology and management in Australasia.
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