@seb - actual opening to passenger, sorry, customer services is around Feb 2015. Flyovers commission 9 June 2014, line out to Leppington commissions Oct 26 2014.
I certainly was shocked to see a government project actually AHEAD of schedule for a change.
Northern flyover has had some love from the track machines. Where it used to be just rail and sleeper buried under ballast, all the track to the last few metres near the merge point on the city end have been pulled up above the ballast and leveled. If the above info about a June date wasn't posted I would have thought they were getting ready to do the merge over the next couple of weekend shutdowns.
What are nowhere points and what is their purpose?
From another website by blooreeler
"SW rail link.
$100 million UNDER budget.
WHO was it that made that budget.
Who have they allocated contracts to in the past
How do you miss the target by $100 million
Do big enginerring firms make money?????
Public servants at work???
Makes the pollies wedding trips PALE into invisible insignifisence.
How many years have these public servants been allocating an extra $100 million dollars on a project like a 15 mile rail line extension.
How many other projects under their control
THE MIND BOGGLES
POOR buggers my taxpayers"
Seem like reasonable questions from a non-rail viewpoint
So what is your point?
If you are suggesting that the contracts were somehow "fixed" then the ICAC would love to hear from you.
Large project management firms now tend to be so wary of project risk, for good reason given some that have failed in years past, that they do load cost & time... they would be mad not to... given the consequences of quoting low & not allowing appropriate time.
Given that this project is coming in under contract price & well ahead of time no matter how you try to create a bad news story there isn't one. Less treasury funds than budgeted will be needed and the residents of SW Sydney will have a great new way to commute 12 months earlier than first advised. Contrast that with the previous ALP government... announced, re-announced, "deferred", and then along came an election. Labor supporters love to spread cr@p about the Coalition being anti-infrastructure... well this blows that myth to bits. So if it opens before the anniversary of their election- so what? They deserve total credit for delivering the SWRL and if the electorate is reminded of it then Labor supporters can go & kick the bungling representatives they burdened us with previously.
I'm sorry NSWTRAINS but am I missing something? When the Libs came in the project was on hold... hello? Let's not forget the blonde female Premier... bugger, I've forgotten her name because she did stuff all while she was drawing the salary except spending millions drilling holes through the inner west for a rail line that never got built, that few actually wanted and ended up with NSW taxpayers paying out the contracts... yep, they did wonders for public transport in NSW- probably why they got obliterated at the election because only a few dimwitted true believers still believed them.
The adults are running the state now... and we are seeing real projects getting built. Not just talk and drilling holes for lines that no-one wanted...
In the mean time I noted ODG staff working on the northern flyover in past days... the signal on the exit ramp is displaying green over green. It seems that signalling testing is well underway.
Yes you are missing something, Stage 2 of the SWRL (the non-Glenfield parts, i.e. the actual train line) was announced as proceeding in November 2009 and had contracts awarded in December 2010. It was certainly not on hold when the Libs came to power.
The only 'visible' OHW now still to complete at Glenfield appears to be :
* The 'Up/Down Main' trailing crossover (TCO), Sydney end of P2/P3,
* The northern flyover link to the East Hills 'Up' line.
With the designated January trackwork periods for Glenfield now used up, it is necessary to
wait release of construction updates for February '14 for further progress opportunuties.
What chance the (proposed) 'abandoned' East Hills 'Up' track between the Down Main and next
to the northern flyover might get re-used as a storage siding? The segment is already OHW-d,
the points are already in place; it only needs a release signal and catchpoints to get out of the
siding and a buffer stop at the end... plus there's no houses close by.
If the S.W.R.L. doesn't open until 2015 they will need a LOT of cotton wool to wrap it until
then. Expect trains for driver training and MAYBE(?) a limited (2 car?) service before that.
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