The Challenge:

Enhanced Traction Power to facilitate the expanded Reading to Waterloo timetable. This enabled 10-car trains to replace 8-car trains, creating additional capacity to run from Reading to London Suburban stations, some of the busiest commuter routes in the UK.

Running from Reading and Ash Vale into suburban London, our scope of electrification works included:

  • 7 HV feeder upgrades over 29,063m
  • Electrical Track Equipment (ETE) upgrades across the route totalling 10km of 1000mm cable
  • 376 cable management sleepers
  • 77 track isolating switches
  • 24 Mk 8 hook switches
  • 12 URXs (under road crossings)
  • 13 UTXs (under track crossings)

The Solution:

  • Investing in Safety: We identified a £1m spend on new safety equipment, such as Vortok Fencing to create a Green Zone. This enabled significant productivity gains and reductions to safety risk and costly operational disruption to services. This way, we installed 9.4km of new cable in daytime hours without interruption to the operational railway, saving possession costs and eradicating night-time working and associated fatigue risks.
  • Introduction of light-weight troughing to reduce manual handling issues and injury risk.
  • To reduce cable theft risk, we shortened the time from when cable was laid and when it was connected. We employed dedicated security teams to patrol the route.
  • Good neighbours: Letter drops before weekend street works, keeping residents updated. Town Hall briefings to inform residents of upcoming works where rail was adjacent to housing.
  • Money raised for local children’s hospice through delivery team taking part in Three Peaks Challenge.

The Impact:

On-time, safe, delivery of the 10-Car Feeders and ETE to increase capacity on key commuter lines:

  • “Outstanding Safety Performance” – Aspire Awards (nominated) by Network Rail IP Southern
  • LTIFR Safety Performance
" Co-location with National Rail during the project delivery helped improve decision making, benefited project delivery and helped reduce costs. "

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