The successful delivery of a Smarter Alliance Program for ARTC: the achievement of engaged people, powerful innovation and high performance on the Hexham Relief Roads project

This paper examines the Upper Hunter Valley Alliance's (UHVA) experience and success in delivering the Hexham Relief Roads (HRR) project, the final project of a programme of works for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) in the Hunter Valley, NSW. The projects delivered in the programme ranged in value from $15M to $100M and the Alliance’s remit included the progression of schemes through the design feasibility phase to construction, commissioning and handover. ARTC’s challenge throughout was to provide capacity on the network in advance of demand generated by the Hunter Valley’s growing freight and coal mining sectors. The Hexham project was an example of a project that would increase operational reliability within the network at Newcastle. Specifically the Relief Roads would provide the opportunity to sequence trains into the port of Newcastle, recognised as one of the world’s largest coal terminals. Depending on the value of the project ARTC were able to self-determine by undertaking a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) as part of the environmental approval. In the case of larger projects, of which HRR was one, the projects were deemed State Significant Infrastructure and therefore the project had to secure planning consent following a full Planning and Environmental assessment. The Hexham project was constructed adjacent to the existing rail infrastructure and an area of significant wetland. Responding to the environmentally sensitive area and sharing public interest in effective management of environmental impacts and outcomes the team worked to gain planning consent and introduced methodologies and regimes to ensure compliance was assured during the construction phase delivery.

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  • Pagination: 12p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2015, doing it smarter. People, power, performance, 24-26 November 2015, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01601961
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 17 2016 9:46AM