Track had been laid from Chief St to the new station last week. Also I saw yesterday that track has been laid from Torrens Bridge down into the underpass although I wasn't able to see how far the track went. I assume from this that the trenching phase is now complete.Went through the site today and the trenching seemed to be happening quite quickly; they obviously decided not to build the temporary diversion, has this been discussed before and I missed it!It has been confirmed weeks ago that the current closure will continue into January.Interesting info I was told early this week regarding the extension of the closure.
It seems that the soil removed from the trench is being used on the new Northern Connector, and as there is a massive amount to be moved, the extra truck movements were causing traffic disruptions. So it was decided that the trucking of the soil would only be done at night. Excavated soil is being "stored" at Bowden, so double handling is happening, and hence taking longer to remove.
The issue of the temporary diversion is interesting. According to the development plans that were lodged in 2016 temporary tracks for all five tracks were to have been constructed through the Parklands on the south side of the rail corridor from Torrens Bridge to west of Torrens Jn. The Port line was then to cross the existing alignment and continue on the north side of the present alignment across Park Terrace and Gibson St on temporary level crossings and rejoin the alignment at East St. The ARTC and Gawler lines were to continue from Torrens Jn on the west side of the present tracks to rejoin the alignment south of North Adelaide Station. Obviously this option was not proceeded with but I haven't been able so far to find out when it was abandoned or rejected. However these temporary tracks would have restricted the use and access from the work compounds in Bonython Park and from Park Terrace to Drayton and East Sts which have been used intensively throughout the project. Don, what was your expectation regarding the alignment of temporary tracks? One feature of the construction which might have suggested temporary tracks was the lengths of graded hard standing that were formed to facilitate the piling along the Port line through the Parklands and adjacent to War memorial Dr E of Torrens Jn.