Airport Link Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron)

2 x 3,000 tonne boring machines, 22 operators, 85 metres of rock per week

Client: Thiess John Holland-MEFT Alliance
Location: Brisbane QLD
Airport Link Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron)

Scope of Works

Expediting progress and quality surveillance of mechanical/piping packages for the 6.7klm multilane motorway including twin 5.1klm tunnels and road furniture/signage.

Steelink's scope of work also included the facilitation of warehouse interface logistics management at the main project store warehouse.

Steelink was assigned for 13 months on this project.

Project Specifics for Airport Link Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron)

Construction of Airportlink commenced November 2008 and was first opened to traffic on 24 July 2012 this project involved a number of significant aspects:

  • The tunnels were dug using two of the largest tunnel boring machines ever to operate in Australia
  • Requiring 22 operators, they dug through 85 metres of rock each week
  • Each TBM measured about 195 metres long with a cutter head measuring 12.48 metres in diameter
  • Each TBM weighs in at about 3000 tonnes each
  • They travelled 55 metres below the surface at the deepest section of tunnel, and moved at about 85 metres per week
  • 17 roadheaders
  • 125,000 tonnes of reinforced steel
  • 807,000m3 of concrete
  • at its peak, the project employed 4,500 people
  • cost 4.8 Billion