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Published on : Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today said geotechnical work is now underway along the alignment of the CBD and South East Light Rail project, including field work, surveys and underground testing of soil and rocks.
When complete, the 12-kilometre CBD and South East Light Rail will extend through Sydney’s CBD and on to the south-east’s sporting, education and health precincts.
“We are getting on with the job of delivering the CBD and South East Light Rail and this work is an important step as the project ramps up,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The geotechnical testing into the geology of the area will be conducted by experts and will assist in the proposed design and construction of the project.
“This information will also help us plan ways to minimise impacts to surrounding communities during construction.”
The different phases of work over the coming weeks include:
Surveying – Crews will work along the length of the alignment to identify existing buried utilities such as water and electricity.
Geophysical testing – To be performed using a utility vehicle towing sensors.
Field work – Crews will conduct geotechnical field work along certain sections of the alignment to test soil and rock structures.
Local residents and businesses have been contacted about the work. The testing is not expected to be noisy or disruptive.
There are some minor changes to traffic conditions, and work may be undertaken at night to minimise those impacts. The Transport for NSW project team will notify local communities of any works that may cause temporary impacts.
Ms Berejiklian said delivering this important light rail project in a busy urban environment will be extremely challenging and complex.
“The design and planning work is detailed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released earlier this month, which provides an overview of potential project impacts and how they will be managed,” she said.
“I strongly encourage everyone with an interest to take a look at the EIS and make a submission. The geotechnical investigations will help us to further refine our plans as we move towards the delivery phase.”
The project will transform Sydney, providing high-capacity, reliable turn-up-and-go services and act as a catalyst for urban renewal along the route.
The EIS is on public exhibition until 16 December and all submissions to the Department of Infrastructure and Planning must be made by this date.
Source:- Transport NSW