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Australia’s Rail & Transit team growing from coast to coast

August 25, 2017

Our Rail & Transit team in Australia has been gaining momentum following the signing of two significant airport related contracts in Perth, Western Australia and in Sydney, New South Wales.

Earlier this year a team led by SNC-Lavalin was chosen by the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development to undertake a five-month contract to deliver rail feasibility design services. The team consists of SNC-Lavalin, SMEC, Aquenta, Architectus, NDY and Stacey Agnew. 

The work undertaken will be a part of the broader Western Sydney Airport (WSA) project, which is designed to cater for expected passenger and freight growth in the Sydney region. The feasibility design study will inform the government of the extent and cost of the rail works components to facilitate the future development of rail services at WSA. 

The proposed feasibility design will consider several likely rail alignments and station configuration options, and include two primary investigations. The first will be technical feasibility designs for multiple configurations of the WSA rail works within the airport site. The second will be cost and construction programme estimates to deliver fully operational rail system options, along with the key rail enabling and/ or early infrastructure work options to facilitate delivery of the rail systems after the airport is operational.

“We are excited to have been awarded our first major Commonwealth Government project in Australia,” said Mark Hughes, Regional Director, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit, Asia Pacific. “This demonstrates our ability to work effectively with key partners to deliver world-class advice and expertise in the region.”

Solidifiying SNC-Lavalin’s position as a preferred provider of ISA services for major projects in Western Australia, the Rail & Transit team was also awarded the Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) for the Forrestfield Airport Link Project by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) of Western Australia. 

The Independent Safety Assessment will provide the PTA with an independent professional opinion regarding the completeness and robustness of the safety arguments presented for the Forrestfield-Airport Link (FAL). The scope of the independent safety assessment, which will be delivered in conjunction with delivery partner Bamser, will span across all aspects of the FAL project, including but not limited to the tunnels, stations, rail control systems and communications systems.

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