Global Rail Construction Ltd is a Principal Contractor and a leading UK provider of design and build services to clients in the rail and transportation sector.
After a very busy period of testing and commissioning, Global Rail Construction Ltd (GRCL) has fully installed and energised 42 new Functional Supply Points (FSP’s) over a 13-mile stretch of the Felixstowe to Ipswich Branch line, including the supply and installation of a new Principal Supply Point (PSP) at Westerfield.
Works were carried out successfully and handed over to our customer Volker Fitzpatrick on time, at the start of the Christmas blockade, enabling them to bring into use new, improved signalling equipment.
These works form part of GRCL’s significant package of Mechanical, Electrical and Power (MEP) works between Westerfield and Felixstowe on Network Rail’s Anglia Route. The Project is for Volker Fitzpatrick (VFL) as part of their ARC (Anglia Regional Collaboration) framework for CP5, which involves the double tracking of sections of Permanent Way – over approximately 20 Kilometres between North Ipswich and Felixstowe – to increase capacity for the main freight route from the Port of Felixstowe. There are also further railway systems works, including the upgrade of signalling and also significant ground engineering works to improve the line stability.
Led by Operations Director Sean Donaghey, GRCL is delivering the full rail E&P 650v signalling power scope, which includes the new PSP at Westerfield, upgrade and modifications to other existing PSPs, the installation of 42No Functional Supply Points (FSP) and installation of 45km of new cabling. The works also covers the installation of direct power and lineside power supplies for a number of level crossings, as well as new level crossing lighting. Further works include the installation of 3No. PHCC (Points Heating Cubicles) to supply and install, points heating supplies, transformers and heating strips for point ends.
As part of the same Felixstowe Branch Capacity Enhancement Project, Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL) is also delivering ancillary rail civil engineering works.
GRCL Operations Director, Sean Donaghey, was delighted with these successful Christmas works, highlighting the great contribution made by the E&P team:
“Delighted with the efforts and contributions of our team during the festive period. This energisation was a result of a concerted team effort, working in complete harmony with our customer VFL.
“I am pleased to say that our E&P division is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to be able to offer rail customers a proven Civils and E&P D&B solution and a fully managed independent E&P offering for CP6.”
Mechanical, Electrical and Power services provided by Global Rail Construction are constantly upgraded through training and development and are consistently delivered to the highest specification. Design and Project Management of these specialist services are deployed on projects such as sub-station refurbishment and new build, station refurbishment and new build, signalling equipment room fit-outs, station platforms and car park lighting.
The company provides electrical condition reports and undertakes the installation and testing of lineside feeder cabling, fire detection systems, CCTV/access/security systems, building management control systems, HVAC and cable installation and management including lighting control systems.