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    Transport for NSW COVID-19 Response: Trains
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    Transport for NSW COVID-19 Response: Trains

    March 31, 2020

    We are at a critical stage in managing the spread
    of this virus. What it means for Transport is that we really want to limit the number
    of people that are on the network to those that really need to travel. So the network has to keep running at the
    moment and we have to give people options to move around the city and to travel to where
    they need to be. We’ve seen a great reduction; people have
    made really good choices to date, whether it’s not going to work, being able to work
    from home or keeping their kids home from school, just like the Premier has asked everyone
    to do where it’s possible. It is absolutely our plan to maintain the
    timetable through this period and not to reduce capacity, because that will put more pressure
    on our people and the customers. So we really have ramped up our cleaning capacity
    over the last few weeks; we have 700 additional cleaners on trains and in stations, and in
    addition we’ve got an army of people working overnight to clean 2000 of our carriages in
    22 of our depots, so we really do have a lot The first thing I would say to all of our
    customers is if you’re unwell, stay home. But if you do have to travel and you are well,
    while you’re travelling, keep your hands clean if you’ve got sanitiser. Think about those around you, and keep as
    much space as you can. When you get on to a train or a bus, sit as far away from others
    as you possibly can. When you’re talking with our staff, give them a bit of space as
    well – it’s best for them, and it’s best for you.

    Stratford kids have their say on the Apex Park upgrade
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    Stratford kids have their say on the Apex Park upgrade

    March 11, 2020

    I voted for number three, the climbing
    rope with net, because I like climbing and wasting all my energy. Number one, I’ve been on those lots of times and they real fun especially two people and when my dad’s swinging it. I voted for the rocky water one because I like to have a splash in the water when it’s hot. I voted for the disabled round-about because it’s going to be fun for other people that are disabled to go on so they don’t miss out. Disabled kids should be able to have access to the play equipment as well. I voted for the talking things so talk to one and another. I thought they’d be fun talk to your friends with number eight. I reckon it’ll be better than the last one because last one was like gravel rocks, and this one’s gonna be bitumen. Me and my brother Josh we like to play a lot of games so I thought it would be
    cool to have like a teepee and some rope to climb. Looking at what everyone has designed at the moment I’m pretty happy with it. The old playground is really good but I think that this playground is going to be a lot better
    because the kids get to choose. Now I’m happy that the railway team are making this stuff for a little town like Stratford.

    Sydney Metro: Launch of tunnel boring machine Nancy
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    Sydney Metro: Launch of tunnel boring machine Nancy

    March 8, 2020

    [START] MUSIC Today’s all about the hardware getting to work. We’ve got five to launch in total and that’s quite a lot of work. She was committed to the future, and the process of making things better for everyone. MUSIC [END]

    Our journey to complete the routeway
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    Our journey to complete the routeway

    March 6, 2020

    The routeway is all the systems inside the tunnel and the systems inside that are things like the track, the cable
    management system, the comms system, the signalling system and all the cables and
    mechanical systems inside such as the firemain, the pump drainage and the
    walkway. So now that the routeway is complete it’s interesting to look back
    and see where we came from to get to where we are which is a fitted out routeway. One of the first things that we had to do is on an empty tunnel lining is
    drill the quarter of a million holes that have to go into the lining to
    support some of the infrastructure that we needed to fit in. So we got one of our
    drilling rigs and went in and drilled all the holes in the tunnel running all the
    way through. Then after we’ve done that we started installing some of the cable
    management systems. These are the cable management trays, there’s approximately
    eight of them that go around the lining and this is to support 15,000 kilometers
    of cable that support the lighting, the LV power and every other system we need
    to connect into via a cabling system. Once we’d done that our big kind of large-scale activity we had to do is install the track. So you’re talking a
    lot of, you know, thousands of sleepers connected by the long welded rails that
    had to get pulled in by two multi-purpose gantries. Once they all
    get pulled in and positioned in the exact location they will get concreted
    into place. We used a very significant concreting train that would come in and
    do that every night. Once the track was in we could use that for logistical
    purposes. We could use pieces of railroad vehicles that would operate on the
    tracks to pull all our other equipment and quantities in that we needed to
    install in the tunnels. We also installed the overhead line which is a line that
    runs across the crown of the tunnel. So that’s 25,000 volts going above your
    head to power and operate the actual trains. Some of the other systems we
    had a walkway that runs along the side of each of these twin-bored tunnels that
    go all the way through so the walkway is installed. The rest was some of the
    other mechanical systems, so you’ve got a firemain, so a firemain pipe that
    runs all the way through and ties and connects them with every station, shaft
    and portal. You’ve also got four thousand luminaires, so this is the lighting
    system so you can have lights operating and then
    lastly but not least is our tunnel ventilation systems. So these are
    significant, you know, 10 ton fans at every station that connects into the
    routeway and provides the ventilation that we need to operate the railway. One
    of the other systems that makeup railway systems is the platform screen
    doors. So these are about two hundred meters long, that are completely fully
    sealed, and when the train goes past the doors open and they talk to the exact
    train doors so they open the same place. They’re the main systems that then get installed tested and commissioned, and what I mean by that is each one of those systems
    have to be able to be detected and kind of talked to through the kind of brains
    which is the Romford Control Center so you can see how things are operating if
    there’s an issue when they’re going well, what you need to do to adjust
    things to make sure that when a trains going through and you’ve got passenger
    service. Everything operates and talks to each other to enable a fully functional
    operation system. We’ve interfaced with over 23 different contractors or the
    large number of the Crossrail teams at approximately a hundred people all the
    people have actually done the work so we’re talking about thousands of job
    hours have gone into it we’ve really worked with some of the best and
    brightest and the challenges we’ve had to overcome to get us to where we are is
    really a direct contribution of those people that have made it happen.