Smart temporary works for safe live-rail construction

On the Puhinui Station Interchange Project in Auckland our temporary works team designed an innovative ‘rail protection deck’ – a structure that created a physical barrier between construction materials, plant operations, the rail corridor and its electrified assets. 

Being the first time such a structure had been proposed for use on a rail construction project in New Zealand, the team worked closely with KiwiRail and Auckland Transport to ensure the protection deck met requirements including design clearances, structural capacity and integrity.

The deck underwent several design and safety reviews, demonstrating the team's collaborative approach to solution development.  The rail protection deck allowed the team to safely transport materials from over the train tracks without having to shut down the train line. It also enabled work to continue during the day without night or weekend works, which meant less disruption for local residents.