Finalising the design
Contractors preparing to begin construction as part of the Trams to Newhaven project, started investigation works at various points on the route in late May. Ground and site investigation work has been programmed for a number of locations between York Place and Newhaven, and separately – but planned in conjunction with these works – the Council’s roads team will be embarking on a major road resurfacing project in a number of streets surrounding the tram route.
The essential pre-enabling works programmed by the tram project’s Systems and Infrastructure contractor Sacyr, Farrans, Neopul (SFN) will involve SFN carrying out detailed ground investigation works in 25 separate sites along the route. The work will be carried out in sections of approximately 100 metres at a time and is programmed to be completed by mid-July 2019.
Meanwhile, the capital roads scheme works that are due to begin on Abercromby Place on 27 May have been brought forward from 2020 to make sure the road network surrounding the tram construction area is in good condition for when traffic diversions are put in place.
Alejandro Mendoza, SFN Project Director, commented: “These ground investigation works are vital to our early involvement. The information we obtain on the ground conditions will allow our design team to develop a robust final design. It will also help us inform key elements such as the construction plan and any effects that may have on traffic management arrangements.”
Key junction project
Bauer Technologies, a subsidiary of the BAUER Group, has secured a subcontract to install contiguous board piles for a new grade separated junction at Werrington. The new junction, three miles north of Peterborough Station, has been identified by Network Rail as a key project that will deliver additional capacity to the East Coast Main Line.
Currently, slow moving freight trains regularly cross three lines of the East Coast Main Line. On completion of the junction they will be diverted underground. Trains will then be able to pass simultaneously on and under the main lines.
Beginning in March 2019, Bauer Technologies is set to construct 16m long 900mm dia. contiguous bored piles so allowing main contractor Morgan Sindall to build a jacked box under the East Coast Main Line. In advance of the box construction, Bauer Technologies will install 14 piles, using Glass Reinforced Fibre, at the box face to enable the construction of two service tunnels which are needed to facilitate the jacked structure’s installation.
Bauer Technologies’ works are programmed to last 12 weeks and will use the new BG45 PremiumLine Rotary Drilling Rig which is Tier4 Final compliant and equipped with the latest Energy Efficiency Pack.
Swedish Transport Administration to investigate various alternatives for the location of the new railway. The estimated value of the order is SEK 200 million.
“The new railway is an essential service for many, and an important factor in improving commuting in the region and bringing the big cities closer together. It will help cut travel time between Stockholm and Malmö and increase capacity for freight traffic. We’re delighted to be working closely with the Swedish Transport Administration in proposing the optimum route for the railway and to continue contributing to sustainable travel,” said Ann-Louise Lökholm Klasson, President of Sweco Sweden.
The new railway between Hässleholm and Lund in Sweden will be designed to manage speeds of up to 320 km/h for high-speed trains and 250 km/h for fast regional trains. The location study that Sweco has been tasked with is part of the development of the railway plan, which aims to identify, survey and compare various possible routes for the railway and to analyse the location of associated stations.
The assignment will begin immediately and is expected to continue until 2022.
Trains return to Snowdon
Snowdon Mountain Railway marked the 10th anniversary since the opening of its summit building as trains returned to Wales’ highest peak in April. Hafod Eryri, which loosely translates as ‘high summer dwelling on Snowdon’, opened in June 2009 replacing the ageing building that had stood there since 1935.
At 3507ft above sea level it is Wales’ highest inhabited building, and also serves as the terminus for the railway, offering shelter, refreshments and stunning views to around half-a-million visitors a year.
Commenting prior to the opening, Vince Hughes, Snowdon Mountain Railway’s Commercial Manager, said: “There’s always a sense of real excitement as we reopen the summit building for the summer season on Snowdon, but this 10th anniversary year feels even more special. “It’s testament to the work of the team who built Hafod Eryri that it still looks as good and stands as proud as it did when it opened a decade ago. We are planning to mark the anniversary in style and we’ll reveal more details about this soon.”
Elizabeth line completion plan
A new plan to complete the outstanding works and bring the Elizabeth line into passenger service at the earliest possible date has been developed by the new Crossrail leadership team and agreed by the Crossrail Ltd Board.
Mark Wild, Chief Executive, Crossrail Ltd, said: “I share the frustration of Londoners that the huge benefits of the Elizabeth line are not yet with us. But this plan allows Crossrail Ltd and its contractors to put the project back on track to deliver the Elizabeth line. Crossrail is an immensely complex project and there will be challenges ahead particularly with the testing of the train and signalling systems but the Elizabeth line is going to be incredible for London and really will be worth the wait. This new plan will get us there and allow this fantastic new railway to open around the end of next year.”
Following a detailed audit of the programme, including what went wrong in the past, the new team has produced a robust and realistic plan to put Europe’s most ambitious and complex infrastructure project back on track. The new plan has required identifying and re-sequencing over 100,000 interdependent tasks and takes full account of exactly what is to be done and how long it will take.
There are four major tasks that must be completed:
- Build and test the software to integrate the train operating system with three different signalling systems
- Install and test vital station systems
- Complete installation of the equipment in the tunnels and test communications systems
- And when this is done, trial run the trains over many thousands of miles on the completed railway to shake out any problems and ensure the highest levels of safety and reliability when passenger service begins
Structural steelwork specialist Britcon Engineering Services (BES) has secured two further contracts in support of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
To support the redevelopment of Ferry Boat Lane Station in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, BES has been awarded a £900,000 contract with Construction Marine Limited to supply fabrication drawings, material, fabrication and application of protection system.
As part of the complete refurbishment and modernisation of Market Harborough Station, BES has been instructed by Amey Limited in a £500,000 contract to provide a 15m span link bridge, stair enclosures and two lift-shafts.
The ScotRail Alliance has installed new equipment at Inverness Depot to improve train performance in the Highlands. A new £1.6 million mobile wheel lathe has been installed which will improve the performance and reliability of services between Inverness and Aberdeen, Kyle of Lochalsh, Wick and Thurso. The introduction of the new equipment also included the installation of new synchronised lifting jacks that allow two-carriage trains to be lifted at the same time, reducing the time it takes to service the train.
Milestone for Goole
Siemens Mobility Limited has formally submitted an outline planning application to develop an industry-leading rail manufacturing site in Goole, East Yorkshire. The submission is a major step towards establishing a £200m facility to manufacture and commission state-of-the-art trains for the expanding UK market. The plans include 80,000 sqm of manufacturing, commissioning, warehouse buildings and stabling sidings, as well as a four-storey, 5000 sqm office building. The application is for outline consent to enable the development to be delivered in phases, with the first phase of the manufacturing facilities expected to open in 2023.