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)
- 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.
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. "
Delivering a 100% BIM3 compliant utilities design at one of London’s busiest interchanges, Bank Station. Serving 73 million passengers annually, situated between London Bridge and the Bank of England.
Constructing two railway tunnels that run for 6.4km between the Royal Oak portal and the new Farringdon Crossrail station in Central London. Huge scale building of station tunnel caverns at Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon for the new Elizabeth line.
The Luton DART project is a joint venture project between VolkerFitzpatrick and Kier (VFK). This new state-of-the-art guided mass passenger transit system will link the airport terminal building to Luton Airport Parkway station. Due to open in 2021 it will reduce journey time from central London to under 30 minutes.
Working with Network Rail to keep the line between Ipswich and Lowestoft up and running. Replacing the line's Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) system after the frequencies were allocated to the MOD, coming up with a workable solution with the client and ensuring this vital rural connection remained in service.
A high profile 3km route clearance of 1500 utility conflicts through Edinburgh city centre, delivered within budget and achieving all programme milestones, whilst minimising disruption to local businesses and residents.
Supporting the power requirement for ongoing Brighton Main Line signalling renewal works. We installed a Westplex System in order to upgrade a key commuter line to increase the quantity of trains able to utilise the line.