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17 October 2014

Trains on track at Auburn Stabling Yard

The first trains were accepted into the Auburn Stabling Yard recently, marking a major milestone for the $65 million design and construction component of the rail project.

Laing O’Rourke completed the green field component of the stabling yard - which will provide overnight and between-peak stabling for up to 11 eight-car train sets, as well as new crewing and presentation facilities – earlier this year.

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The scope included:

  • All civil works, including site compaction, capping and drainage construction
  • Structures, including retaining walls and noise walls
  • Installation of track to service the 11 siding lines, including nine turnouts and 11 buffer stops
  • Electrical works, including overhead wiring, structures, and earthing and bonding
  • HV works, including the installation of padmount substations and 11/33kV route relocations
  • Signalling and communications systems
  • All underground services routes, including HV, LV, signalling and telecommunications
  • Yard systems and services, including CCTV, a public address system, lighting, precise clocks, fire and life safety systems and yard services such as LV power distribution and hydraulics
  • Staff facilities, amenities buildings and all support systems including electronic access, alarm systems and perimeter detection, a local area network and telephony
  • Roads and car parks, track access walkways, access platforms and fencing


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The project – a component of the NSW Government’s plan for expanding the capacity of the Sydney metropolitan rail network – will reduce the distance empty trains need to travel to get to their starting and finishing destinations, ultimately assisting with the on-time running of services.

Rail Sector Leader Stephen Pascall said seeing the trains starting to use the stabling yard after 18 months was incredibly rewarding.

‘It’s great to see the stabling facility that we constructed completed. This represents a major step forward for the client – Transport for NSW – in delivering an even more efficient Sydney metro rail network.’

The project, which involved a large number of internal and external stakeholders, was delivered on a heavily contaminated site within an environmentally sensitive area. Laing O'Rourke instigated rigorous controls established through a Remediation Action Plan, Environmental Management Plan and a Project Safety Management Plan to manage the risks.

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