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Glen Iris to Cockburn Blockade

Event organised by ICE

23 June 2022
17:30 - 20:00 AWT (GMT+8)
Little Shoe
1st Floor, Yagan Square
Perth, 6000
Western Australia

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Engineering critical risks, project planning and methodology for the Glen Iris to Cockburn Rail Blockade. 

For 20 days between 26 December 2021 and 14 January 2022 the Mandurah rail line was blockaded (closed) between Glen Iris and Cockburn to reconstruct the Mandurah line tracks on a new alignment to make space for the future construction of the new Thornlie-Cockburn Link. This was the longest ever blockade of a PTA line and affected the busiest section of the network.

The works were successfully completed and the line was handed back to passenger service on schedule at full line speed (130 km/h) and without operational restriction, the first time this has happened after a major blockade on the PTA network.

This presentation will be given by Graham Holden, engineering manager for NEWest Alliance who will be looking at the engineering critical risks, project planning and methodology for the Glen Iris to Cockburn Rail Blockade. 


17:30 - 18:00

Networking and refreshments

18:00 - 19:00


19:00 - 20:00

Networking and refreshments


Graham Holden

Graham Holden

NEWest Alliance

engineering manager

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Graham Holden

Graham is the Engineering Manager for the NEWest Alliance delivering the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and the Yanchep Rail Extension projects for PTA.

Graham has more than 30 years’ experience in rail across engineering delivery, design, maintenance and operations. Graham started his career with British Rail and moved to Australia in 2000. His work has taken him to more than a dozen countries, including Canada, Indonesia, Russia & Ukraine. He is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Masters degree in Rail Systems Engineering.

For more information please contact:

Annie Leverington