Station design ideas
Following a bumper start to 2019 for the civil engineering company’s expanding rail division, Story has secured further contract success, being selected to deliver the new station at Horden, near Peterlee. The contract, valued at over £4 million, follows in the footsteps of a succession of multi-million-pound Network Rail contract wins on both the Eastern and North West and Central regions.

Opening to passengers in the spring of 2020, the new station will improve transport links in the east of the county, with rail industry projections anticipating that more than 70,000 passengers could use the station each year.

Story will deliver two new 100m+ platforms on the Durham Coast Line, complete with step free access via a footbridge and ramps. The scope will also include associated piling, signalling, track realignment, lighting, CIS, PA system, CCTV, and platform furniture.

Tickets please!
Transport for Wales has signed a £1.9 million contract with multinational information equipment and service company, Fujitsu, to upgrade ticket office machines and mobile handsets across the rail network. In addition to this, the partnership includes a five-year support and maintenance agreement for the new hardware, which is worth an additional £5.1 million.

As the first train operator in the UK to commit to the upgrade, the rail company’s new Star Ticket Office Machines (TOMs), installed by Fujitsu, will provide a more efficient ticketing system for customers at railway stations, enabling tickets to be issued faster.

Colin Lea, Customer Experience Director for Transport for Wales, commented on the upgrade plans: “With passenger numbers continually rising, it’s important that we are providing the best solutions to improve the rail experience, for both our employees and our customers.

“This new, faster and more effective ticketing system will make travelling by train in Wales and the borders easier and allow us to bring forward new forms of ticketing in the future such as ‘pay as you go’, where customers will automatically get the best fare by just tapping in and out with a card.”

Progress made at Euston
SN 156 bNew images were released in June that show the progress at London Euston where the demolition of the former BHS warehouse on Hampstead Road has been completed, close to the new station’s proposed Camden Town entrance. The new mega-station, whose 400m platforms and concourse will be built adjacent to the existing station, will double capacity and improve journeys for millions of people.

The building, made up of two separate three and five storey concrete-framed structures, was demolished over eight months, by a Costain and Skanska team (CSjv) and specialist subcontractors John F Hunt. A top-down demolition technique was used, with machines lifted onto the top of the buildings and protective screening installed around the outside to limit noise and dust. During the work, more than 35,000 tonnes of concrete was crushed and reused on site.

This milestone follows on from the demolition of the former Ibis hotel on Cardington Street, and the clearance of the nearby disused National Temperance Hospital buildings. Across the capital, more than two thirds of demolitions have now been completed, with utility work and the creation of new wildlife habitats as part of HS2’s ‘green corridor’ project, also well underway.