Airport Link programmed to open in late July
Leighton Holdings Limited’s Thiess John Holland (TJH) joint venture has completed a detailed review of the integrated commissioning activities and productivities to date on the Airport Link Project to assist BrisConnections with their opening processes. This review indicates that the project should be open to traffic on or before 20 August 2012.
The revised opening date will have no impact on Leighton’s profit guidance for 2012, as previously advised to the market, as the Company had made adequate commercial allowances to cover the schedule changes.
Chief Executive Officer, Mr Hamish Tyrwhitt said, “as we advised on 13 February 2012, major construction works are expected to complete in June and the remaining work principally comprises completion of the mechanical and electrical fitout, testing and commissioningl,”
“The construction elements of the project will be completed in line with our expectations with final commissioning and safety testing programmed to be completed through July. More than half of the tunnel is now in the commissioning stage with the testing of services including lights, fans, surveillance, fire deluge and ventilation systems, and tolling systems underway,” said Mr Tyrwhitt.
“The commissioning involves around 12,000 individual tests and TJH has completed some 7,000 of these so far. Whilst remaining commissioning activities are complex, we are anticipating that the final tests will be completed in July allowing the road to then be opened to traffic in August.
“The Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) section of the project was completed on 30 April 2012, in line with the contracted date. We have also handed over the tolling control centre and tolling system on time at the end of March,” said Mr Tyrwhitt.
For more information visit: www.airportlink.com.au
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