RANBURY DELIVERS SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND (SEQ) STABLING PROJECT FOR QUEENSLAND RAIL
The $4.4 billion New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) project involved the delivery of 75 six-car trains for the South East Queensland passenger rail network. In addition to the train fleet, the project also included the construction of a purpose-built Maintenance Centre at Wulkaraka (west of Ipswich) to service and repair the new trains for the next 30 years and four stabling yards at strategic locations across the SEQ rail network to store NGR trains during off-peak periods. The NGR trains replaced an ageing fleet and increased the overall size of the existing fleet by 30%.
The NGR project was managed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), and was procured by way of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The trains are owned and maintained by Bombardier Transportation Australia at Wulkuraka and made available each day for operation by Queensland Rail (QR). The new NGR fleet was rolled out onto the network during 2018.
As part of the overall NGR project, Ranbury was engaged by Queensland Rail to manage the design and construction of the four stabling yard facilities.
"Their roles have required long hours and determination to overcome significant hurdles and impediments to project delivery. They have remained fully committed and consummate professionals despite a challenging project. Personally I would like to thank them and congratulate them on an excellent effort & achievement. Four new stabling yards commissioned, complete with new signalling interlockings, planning & co-ordination of countless SCAS’s and many hours of construction completed without any significant incidents or disruption to the network. Well done.”Thys Human
Project Manager SEQ Stabling Yard Project, Queensland Rail
The stabling facilities were constructed at sites adjacent to Queensland Rail stations at Robina West, Banyo, Elimbah, and Woombye.
Typically, the stabling facilities involved the delivery of:
- Rail infrastructure works including track connected to the main line, overhead power supply, signalling and communications systems, CCTV and lighting.
- Buildings and civil infrastructure works to support stabling operations including crew facilities, roadworks and car-parking, secure site fencing, walkways, site works and external services.
More specifically, the stabling facilities involved:
- Robina West – extension of the existing (east) Robina stabling facility on the other side of the main line, which increased its capacity by accommodating a further 4 x 6 car trains. The Robina stabling facility is located north of the Robina station and adjacent to the Cbus Stadium (home of the Gold Coast Titans rugby league club).
- Banyo – the new stabling facility accommodates 4 x 6 car trains, and is located between the Shorncliffe line and the existing maintenance yards adjacent to Royal Parade. A 2.2-metre high visual barrier has beeninstalled between the existing railway line and residences on Royal Parade to provide screening from the new facility.
- Elimbah – the new stabling facility accommodates 8 x 6 car trains, and is located between the existing main North Coast line and Beerburrum Road.
- Woombye – the new stabling facility accommodates 4 x 6 car trains, and is located alongside the existing rail corridor adjacent to Back Woombye Road. A vegetation screen of approximately 180m long x 20m wide has been planted to provide an improved landscape buffer around the site, noise barriers are also being installed between the existing railway line and residences in Keil Street.
QR’s SEQ Stabling Yard Project is a key part of its Operational Readiness Program for the NGR project. This has seen the delivery of four rail stabling yards to accommodate expansion of existing rollingstock and strategically prepare for projected future growth of the SEQ rail network.
Ranbury scope of service:
In February 2014, Ranbury was short-listed by QR to provide project management services for the SEQ Stabling Yard Project via the initial procurement model of the Collaborative Management Agreement (CMA). Further to QR’s requirements, the CMA was renegotiated and Ranbury was subsequently engaged in June 2014 to provide ‘project consultancy’ services for a term of 4 years.
Our services included the provision of client-side design and construction, as well as contract management reporting to QR’s SEQ Stabling Yard Project Manager.
- Project Controls, including scheduling and cost estimation
- Design Manager
- Contract Manager/Superintendent
- Construction Manager, supported by Construction Supervisors at each site
- Document Controller