Complex Stevenage rail project closes in on Christmas milestone

Major capacity enhancement works in our complex Stevenage rail infrastructure project are approaching a key milestone.

Providing critical support to Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway, our project at Stevenage in Hertfordshire includes constructing a 127m-long platform, complete with two kilometres of new electrified track and signalling.

The works will allow trains using the Hertford Loop to connect to Stevenage Station without using existing timetable space of the East Coast Main Line. In turn, this will enable more services to run in the future while improving resilience and reliability.

The latest key stage was completed across two weekends in late November and early December, and saw our team install new switches and crossings.

The next milestone will see a 200-strong multi-disciplinary team from Spencer Group working at Stevenage from the evening of December 24 to the early hours of December 27 to modify the existing signalling power supply to increase capacity for the new railway line.

This will include installing five new signalling posts, signal post telephones and engineering electrical supply points. Civils works will include carrying out essential construction works to the existing platform and installing a cable troughing route.

Improvements at Stevenage in the months to come will also include delivering a new platform with a passenger lift and stairs connecting into the existing station footbridge. Facilities on the platform will include two heated waiting rooms, external seating, a ticket vending machine, ticket barriers with a canopy and welfare facilities for train drivers.

Stevenage Turnback

The project’s scope and requirements range across earthworks, structures, tunnelling, sustainable drainage, new electrification equipment and one mile of new track, as well as a new turnout from the Hertford Loop.

Alterations to the existing interlocking, including six signalling stages, operational and station telecoms, and new customer information systems are also part of the project. Completion of the infrastructure is currently expected in 2020 and Great Northern expects to resume weekday train services in the summer 2020 timetable.

Joe Bennett, Production Director said: “We’re proud of our industry-leading capabilities on complex major rail infrastructure projects and this project showcases our expertise.

“We’re undertaking the design and build of this project using our multi-disciplinary experience, in-house capability and close partnerships with our specialist supply chain.

“By completing this next major project milestone over Christmas, we are utilising the agreed access to the railway infrastructure during this time to undertake the works, minimising disruption to rail commuters.”

Spencer Group has delivered large-scale, multi-disciplinary projects to enhance the UK’s rail network for more than two decades.

From designing and building new platforms, to constructing whole stations and depots, to improving and extending network capacity and reliability, we’ve established an industry-wide reputation for successful delivery of rail infrastructure projects.

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