Paper and Presentation by Tim Buckingham-Jones, Overview of light rail track slab design from ASCP 4th Concrete Pavements Conference 2017
Recently Aurecon have developed the design on several urban light rail projects, with a notable example being that recently opened in Newcastle. With several projects currently in development and tender phases, and the likelihood of further stages of light rail expansion, it is important to understand the options available for track slab construction. The choice of track slab approach can significantly affect the commercial and program performance of a project given the complexities of construction in an urban environment. This paper will outline various approaches to light rail track slab design. A summary of Australian and overseas practice is also presented along with the perceived benefits and drawbacks for several different track slab configurations.