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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    New power substation supercharges QR’s reliability for Commonwealth Games

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    New power substation supercharges QR’s reliability for Commonwealth Games

    The Palaszczuk Government is on track to deliver a major reliability boost to the South East’s rail network ahead of the Commonwealth Games, with a new $13 million, 23 tonne electrical substation at Fortitude Valley soon to be online.

    To be commissioned this month, the new substation will effectively split Queensland Rail’s inner-city power supply into two – isolating Roma Street and Central stations from Fortitude Valley and Bowen Hills stations.

    Visiting the site today, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said this would ensure at least one side of the city network remained energised in the event of an unplanned power trip, caused by unforeseen events such as storms, debris, or wayward possums.

    “This will allow trains to enter the city and turn back at Bowen Hills from the north, or Roma Street from the south and west,” Mr Bailey said.

    “Currently, if there is an unplanned power outage in the inner-city area, it affects all trains between Albion and Windsor in the north and South Brisbane and Milton in the south and west, effectively grinding the inner city network to a halt while electricians work as quickly as possible to rectify the issue.

    “This innovative project, due to be fully commissioned next week, will significantly boost the resilience and reliability of the inner-city network in times of a power disruption and ensure we can keep moving trains north or south of the city while the issue is rectified.”

    Member for McConnel Grace Grace congratulated QR on completing the project prior to GC2018, when significant demand on the rail network was expected.

    “This piece of infrastructure shields the rail network from unforeseen events, giving us even greater ability to keep people moving during and after the Commonwealth Games,” she said.

    “This is an exciting time for Queensland - we’re just 49 days out from the Games and we are working hard to put the finishing touches on our network to provide a world-class rail transport solution, which includes 24/7 service to the Gold Coast.”

    Queensland Rail’s Project Manager Paul Rourke said the additional power substation was the first to be added to the inner city network in more than 10 years, and would support existing substations located at Roma Street and Mayne Yard in Bowen Hills in powering the CBD area.

    It joins a series of 28 substations strategically positioned across the South East Queensland rail network to improve reliability and improve response times to incidents.

    “This particular project was a highly complex and technical operation, with the 47.25square metre substation required to be shoehorned into an extremely compact footprint,” Mr Rourke said.

    “There was just seven metres between the rail corridor fence line and the live electrical infrastructure, so the substation had to be carefully installed while maintaining safety clearances.

    “This operation involved two cranes and 20 personnel to lift the 23-tonne container into place, with the entire project involving around 100 Queensland Rail, Schneider Electric and other contractors to deliver the full scope.

    “With the substation now in place, overhead wiring is now being installed, which will be followed by testing and commissioning next week.”

    Mr Bailey said Queensland Rail’s strong focus on reliability had allowed the organisation to exceed its on-time running targets for the past two quarters, with more than 95 per cent of trains running to schedule during this time.

    “Over the past 12 months, Queensland Rail has been progressively working on the asset maintenance and construction work required to ensure the reliability and on-time running of services on the Gold Coast line and across the South East Queensland (SEQ) rail network during GC2018,” he said.

    “In 2017, this involved investing more than $124 million in maintenance and upgrade works between Bowen Hills and Varsity Lakes stations.

    “That’s in addition to the $163 million duplication of the Gold Coast line between Coomera and Helensvale, to boost the capacity and reliability of the corridor, and $10 million to refresh Gold Coast line stations.”


    Time lapse and overlay of substation installation here:

    Attached photo: Tim Elkins (Traction Power Senior Manager), Nick Easy (Queensland Rail CEO) and Mark Bailey (Minister for Transport and Main Roads) inspect the new inner city substation

    Media contact: Dominic Geiger – 0447 355 565