Auckland rail project achieves recognition for engineering excellence

10 December 2012 10:10AM

A project which transformed New Lynn’s rail infrastructure has received the Supreme Award for New Zealand Engineering Excellence.

A joint project between KiwiRail, Auckland Transport and Waitakare City Council, the New Lynn Rail Trench and Station, involved the duplication and lowering of the stretch of track through New Lynn into an 860m-long, 8 m-deep rail trench.

The trench eliminated two busy level crossings and added two brand new bridges to make getting around the busy New Lynn town centre much easier and safer.

KiwiRail’s DART Project Manager, Rob French, said the win by contractors, Fletcher Construction and Beca,was well-deserved.

“This was an ambitious undertaking which was achieved successfully and to budget.  Although commuters experienced some disruption, this was minimal, given the complexity of the project.”

“We congratulate Fletcher Construction and Beca on their award, which recognised a major contribution to Project DART (Developing Auckland’s Rail Transport).  In fact, this was the largest in the suite of DART projects and a critical part of the Western line double-tracking operation.”

Mr French says a pleasing aspect to the project was the cooperation between the three contracting parties: KiwiRail, Auckland Transport and Waitakere City Council. “We worked very collaboratively to enhance amenities for the local area.”

The New Lynn project also won the Transport Infrastructure category.  Mr French says, “of the five projects nominated in this category, three of them were rail developments.  The North South Junction tunnel lowering work on the North Island Main Trunk between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay and the extension of electrification and double tracking to Waikanae on the Wellington suburban network were both deserving nominees.”

He says, “it was exciting to see rail so well-represented in this category and for our teams to receive this recognition for excellence.”


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Note to editors:

Winners of the 2012 New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards were announced on Friday 30 November at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. More than 450 guests attended the gala dinner including the Mayor of Auckland Len Brown, the Honourable Steven Joyce and Sir Peter Gluckman.