Australia’s Cross River Rail Project has marked significant milestone progress as a result of the consistent installation of necessary cables and pipes within the twin tunnels. According to an official statement, about 180 workers are involved in the project’s tunnel fit-out. Its scope of work also features the installation of emergency walkways.
The project’s twin tunnels include kilometers in the hundreds, of various cabling, in an effort to ensure reliable and safe operation of trains. Up to date, about 18 kilometers of feeder cables’ installation has taken place. This, in turn, has enabled, communications coverages throughout the tunnels. Moreover, it will incorporate train signaling as well as mobile phone reception
Australia’s Cross River Rail Project Magnitude And Cost
As a whole, the Australian Government revealed the underground heavy rail network development will cost $960 million. By early 2024, the majority of the tunnel’s fit-out work will be complete. It will have 16 cross passages, serving as a link to the twin tunnels. The passages will be equipped with smoke detectors, speakers, and cameras. In addition to lights and emergency phones. Furthermore, the cross passages will connect the development’s train tunnels every 240 meters. The strategic function design is said to allow people to move from one tunnel to the next, with maximum safety. Thereafter, the project schedules to carry out extensive testing and commissioning. Upon successful test runs, it will then be open to the public in the first quarter of 2026.
Currently, cable and walkway installation is moving closer to official completion. As per the project timeline, the installation of an overhead electrical system is next in line. The system will supply and provide power to trains traveling through the tunnel.
While commenting on the rail development project, Queensland Transport, and Main Roads Minister noted that it strives to achieve reliable and safe operation. Mark Bailey further assured that efforts are underway toward fusing all of the project’s complex systems. The Minister also commended the transformative development workers towards actualizing the network.