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17 Jun 2024

Enabling Works Contract Completed

Global Rail Services has successfully completed a complex and challenging Enabling Works Contract for Irish Rail for a new Greenway link between Malahide Demesne and Newbridge Demesne over the local estuary.

Global Rail Services’ multi-disciplinary enabling works involved the strengthening of the existing OHLE mast. The strengthening works involved the installation of 33No self-drilling, micro piles, through rock armour, sand and clay 12m deep, the construction of pad foundations, and disconnection and subsequent reconnection of the cables stays.

All works were completed in close proximity to the OHLE line, under TSC protection. Track monitoring, vibration monitoring and tilt monitoring were implemented throughout the project to always maintain the safe running of the lines and trains as well as the safety and wellbeing of the passengers.

The works were completed in a SAC (Special Area of Conservation). Suitable environmental protection and control was implemented throughout the project to protect the area and remove any impact on the inherent wildlife.

Significant challenges were faced throughout the construction due to unforeseen ground conditions, but with constant collaboration between Irish Rail and Global Rail Services’ colleagues, together, we were able to successfully solve the issues and maintain program in order to allow the main works to commence on time.

The overall project is being funded by the NTA and led by Fingal County Council and our successful rail systems works proceed the new link being completed by Jons Civil Engineering Company Ltd., which has just commenced and is due to be completed in 2026.

The Greenway will be comprised of new and existing sections of pathways and roads in both Malahide and Donabate, with new infrastructure also extending across agricultural lands to link with the Donabate Distributor Road and Corballis East land to the South. The Estuary itself will be bridged alongside the existing rail line by a new 180m long, 12-span bridge constructed on piers which were placed by Fingal County Council to facilitate this future development. The scheme will provide a vital and highly anticipated connection between Malahide and Donabate, offering an alternative to car or public transport travel between the two locations, opening up greater access to the region.

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