Components: Railway platform canopies
Kingsland Station is adjacent to Eden Park, which was the main venue for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. To cope with numbers during the cup, the station was upgraded to allow up to 15,000 rugby fans to transit in just 70 minutes. Rail platforms were lengthened as part of the upgrade, making it necessary to build four new station platform passenger shelters in time for the RWC kick-off.
Auckland Transport entrusted Xigo’s team to manage the design and consents process, engage the contractor and manage the construction contract.
Contractors were selected for their ‘hands on’ approach to quickly resolving issues and overcoming challenges, as well as their experience with working in a live rail environment. On-site daily progress tracking enabled programme challenges to be quickly resolved, and regular risk reviews identified and mitigated obstacles to achieving the project goals. We also communicated frequently with the client’s rail operations team to check that construction methods were acceptable from a passenger safety perspective.
The project was delivered on time and within budget. The canopies required for the Rugby World Cup were successfully delivered in time for the test run, four weeks before kick-off. There were no health and safety incidents for workers or passengers, and no unplanned disruptions to the railway or station operations.