Delivering an £80m programme of rail depot works

We are on track to deliver an £80m-plus series of key projects to support the development of the UK depot network.

Working with Network Rail and several leading train operating companies to redevelop and improve facilities across the UK, with projects from Penzance in Cornwall to Craigentinny, East of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The vast variety of works includes designing and constructing new train support and maintenance depots, refurbishing sidings and walkways, constructing new offices and storage facilities, as well as modifications to existing depot facilities and remodelled P-Way and OLE railway infrastructure.

Work is currently ongoing to deliver a package of works valued at over £30m at busy Cambridge Sidings, for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), the UK’s largest train operating company, working closely with GTR and Network Rail personnel.

Cambridge Sidings

The works, which are part of the Cambridge Railway Sidings Capacity Upgrade Project, will facilitate faster and more frequent trains from the town through London and on to the South coast. They include creating a new depot entrance, demolishing & constructing buildings and new rail infrastructure including tracks and overhead lines to the new sidings layout. The works also include over 1.5km of concrete aprons for CET & Sanding and major rail bridge alterations.

This forms part of the £7bn Thameslink Programme, which is delivering substantial benefits for hundreds of thousands of commuters and other travellers on the Thameslink network.

At Etches Park, a railway traction and rolling stock maintenance depot in Derby, we completed a programme of works on behalf of East Midlands Trains. The project included removing and installing new trackside access routes, lighting bollards, buildings, extensions to a maintenance shed and associated services, and depot wide services.

Etches Park

As part of a suite of maintenance depot upgrades in England and Scotland for Network Rail, we also completed one of the most complex live rail depot renovations at Bounds Green in North London, in November 2018.

Bounds Green was the final project in the programme and was completed to coincide with the launch of Hitachi’s Azuma trains. As part of this, an innovative retractable Overhead Line System (OLS) was installed to aid essential train maintenance from raised access gantries, at the busy facility.

Bounds Green

The new high-speed Azumas, which use the Bounds Green depot, can now be serviced with maximum efficiency, with clear knock-on benefits for rail passengers. The works complement a refuelling and AdBlue facility at nearby Ferme Park sidings, which we completed by in 2015.

We have been recognised throughout the UK as a leader in live operational rail depot schemes and infrastructure improvement projects, currently working with Arriva Rail Northern, Hitachi and Hitachi Rail Europe on various projects across the UK.

Gary Thornton, our Managing Director, said: “We’re proud to be working with Network Rail and many leading train operating companies to develop and improve key facilities and infrastructure that support the efficient operation of the rail network”.

“We have a demonstrable track record of success over many years in delivering a wide range of projects, to budget and programme, with safety always our foremost priority”.

“With our high-level, in-house design capability and the expertise of our multi-disciplinary engineering and construction teams on the ground we have the expertise to overcome the most significant challenges.

“We’re also well known for the collaborative approach we bring to working with clients, stakeholders and local communities and find this delivers the best possible results for all involved.”

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