Thameslink Project

Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL) has secured a multi-disciplinary S&T, Civils and E&P Points Heating remedial contract at London Bridge, on behalf of BAM Nuttall for the Thameslink Project. 

As part of the Thameslink Programme, the railway systems for London Bridge were completely remodelled to suit a new layout at the Station and provide substantial capacity improvements to enable amendments to the operational timetabling – this is referred to as the N421 Project.

However, the complexity of managing, staging and delivering the railway systems in order to meet the remodelling programme, necessitated a requirement for the railway systems infrastructure to be surveyed, in order to confirm both its suitability and the requirements to undertake further upgrades and rectifications as required.

Global Rail Construction Limited are among a team of specialist rail contractors working in a highly coordinated manner to deliver these important upgrades for Network Rail. The in-house team of multi-disciplinary experts from Global, have worked almost entirely within a live, operational environment, interfacing daily with equipment that is switched on, in a wholly compliant manner. 

The specialist discipline support services undertaken by Global Rail Construction Limited cover the entire end-to-end design and build scope of the Signalling, E&P and Ancillary Civil Engineering programme.

Barking Riverside Extension

Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL) were awarded the E&P and Ancillary Civil Engineering works for the joint venture of Volker Fitzpatrick and Morgan Sindall (VFMS), as part of the construction of a new 4.5 km extension to the London Overground route on the Gospel Oak to Barking line for Transport for London, whilst also meeting the requirements for integration onto existing Network Rail infrastructure.

The full project scope provides a new strategic rail connection in East London and included the modification of the existing railway lines from Barking station over a stretch of 3km with a new 1.5km railway viaduct extension from Renwick Road overbridge to a new terminus. This involved constructing an embankment ramp up to the new concrete viaduct supporting a two-track railway extension into the heart of a new residential development at Barking Riverside.

The requirements also included new Overhead Line Electrification (OLE), Signalling, Signalling Power, Domestic Power and Telecoms, providing a new elevated Rail section and station close to the Thames.

In addition to their core Civils and E&P scope of works, GRCL also supplied all materials handling and logistics management for the works, RRV’s as required, site haulage, HV comps and assessors and all necessary SMTH testing staff to support its works and enhance its self-delivery capability.

Felixstowe Capacity Upgrade Project

The Felixstowe Capacity Upgrade Project was a rail infrastructure programme for Network Rail, which involved 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.

The full project scope of works included upgrading five Level Crossings with new barrier controls and the installation of new Permanent Way, Signalling, Power and Telecoms for a new loop installation in order to facilitate the expansion of the strategically important freight connections.

The Principal Contractor for the works was Volker Fitzpatrick Ltd (VFL), acting on behalf of Network Rail as part of their Anglia Regional Collaboration (ARC) CP5 framework. Global Rail Construction Limited provided a fully managed sub-contract service to VFL, completing the full scope of Ancillary Civil Engineering and E&P works for the project.

Having a multi-disciplinary workforce including design, civil and structural engineering and E&P expertise, along with in-house project management and having previously delivered time-pressurised, highly co-ordinated schemes, allowed Global Rail Construction Limited to provide the necessary solution in order to complete the works to meet the client’s requirements.

Feltham Resignalling Project Phase 1

Global Rail Construction Ltd (GRCL) delivered a compelling tender to Network Rail Infrastructure Projects (NR) and in early 2017, were awarded the Principal Contractors role for the Design and Construction of the full civil engineering scope of works for the Feltham Resignalling Project Phase 1.

This phase of works forms part of a major Re-Signalling project to renew life expired signalling, telecoms and power assets for Network Rail, comprising the renewal of 538 Signalling Equivalent Units (SEUs).

The geographical work-scope, which covers over 80 miles of railway lines also includes, for the first time, the introduction a brand new signalling system from Atkins – Elix.

Works were planned during mid-week days and nights, Saturday nights and a number of 28/52-hour railway possessions between weekend 20 – 2017 and weekend 12 – 2018.

The works were further extended to April 2019 by Network Rail during the course of the contract, whereby a number of Location Case concrete hardstandings were constructed; a number of PSP compounds were designed and constructed, 52 new signals were supplied, delivered and erected; new cable duct routes were added to a number of existing station platforms; and the installation of various new trough routes were completed including their associated design over bridge locations.

Having a multi-disciplinary workforce including rail, civil and structural installation expertise, along with in-house project management, and having previously delivered time-pressurised re-signalling schemes, allowed Global Rail Construction to provide the necessary delivery solution and works have been fully completed to meet the client’s requirements.

V/Line – Tarneit Station Parking

As part of V/Line Corporation’s on-going stations and depots program to improve safety and reliability of their operations, Global Rail Australia was awarded a contract to undertake installation of bollards and fencing at Tarneit Railway Station.

This project was created to increase safety and retain accessibility for shared path users by providing a solution to protect V/Line assets including its footpaths, kerbs, drainage utilities, signage, light poles, trees, and roadside garden beds, is one of a number of rail projects that Global Rail Australia has undertaken for this client.

Global Rail Australia supplied and installed all materials, labour, equipment and machinery necessary and incidental to the performance of the works at Tarneit Railway Station – which is on the Geelong Line – and their solution now allows the station’s patrons to benefit from the remediation of the previous parking issues, which resulted in station public access paths often being used for parked vehicles.

Having a multi-disciplinary workforce with Rail, Civil and Structural Installation expertise, Mechanical and Electrical plus General Construction capabilities, alongside in-house construction management, allowed Global Rail Australia to provide a compelling bid and ultimately deliver a highly commended project on behalf of V/Line.

Customer Experience Improvement Project – Platform 10 New Entry

As part of Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) on-going programme to improve the customer experience at Flinders Street Station, Global Rail Australia was awarded the contract to deliver the installation of a new entry ramp linking the existing platform 10 and the Southbank district of Melbourne’s Central Business District.

The scope involved the various complexities with working around a live railway environment, accentuated further by integrating these works around Victoria’s largest train station. Flinders Street Station is widely acknowledged as the preeminent landmark on Victoria’s rail network and welcomes in excess of 110,000 patrons daily. A key challenge was mitigating any impact on passengers and services throughout the project.

Global Rail Australia undertook to provide a new public access ramp with a modern overhead canopy designed to complement the existing heritage listed canopies. In addition, improved back of house facilities such as drivers huts and storage compounds also formed part of the scope.

Having a multi-disciplinary workforce with rail, civil and structural installation expertise, Mechanical and Electrical plus general construction capabilities, along with in house construction management, allowed Global Rail Australia to provide a compelling bid and ultimately deliver a highprofile scope of works in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District.

Accessibility Improvement Works

Rail infrastructure contractor Global Rail Services was awarded accessibility works at three railway stations on behalf of Irish Rail in August 2016.

Customers at Rathdrum, Mullinger and Leixlip Louisa Bridge Stations are now benefiting from Global Rail Services’ extensive experience in delivering construction solutions that enhance and improve their passenger experience.

The project was successfully completed, with key project milestones being met and a high quality end product to match, with Global Rail Services effectively managing and delivering the full suite of stakeholder expectations.

The works include complex in-situ civil engineering works, temporary works, roads and pavings, as well as rail engineering activities in respect of upgrading station platforms and railway pedestrian access. Global Rail Services also used its full infrastructure contracting experience to manage and deliver the interface between the highway and railway authorities.

The works were completed in a phased manner, with a final completion date of February 2017. To ensure that each milestone was achieved, Global Rail Services prepared detailed programmes and schedules and provided a dedicated and co-ordinated approach to project management throughout the works. Liaison with a myriad of stakeholders, along with a collaborative approach to these works, has paved the way for a professional delivery that has met and exceeded expectations.

Procurement of long lead items and contract approvals has formed an integral part of the project success. Global Rail Services has used its rail engineering experience to deliver a fully managed multi-disciplinary rail project to the delight of the client.

Bayside Rail Project (BRP) – Caulfield Covered Walkways Project

As part of Metro Trains Melbourne’s (MTM) on-going programme to improve the railway network, Global Rail Australia (Global Rail) was awarded the contract to deliver the installation of the new covered walkway structures at Caulfield Railway Station.

After a very competitive tenderprocess, Global Rail was awarded the contract in Mid-2016, for commencement on site in August 2016. The works formed a key project milestone for the overall Bayside Rail Project.

The scope involved the various complexities with working around a live railway environment. Caulfield Railway Station is one of the busiest in the Metropolitan system in Melbourne, with –up to 25,000 commuters a day passing through the station. Works involved a mixture of day and night shifts to minimise impact on the station, which was required to remain fully operational at all times.

Global Rail undertook to provide two new Heritage approved walkway cover structures, fabricated and installed to provide weather-proof covering to the existing access ramps (north and south sides) to the underpass at the station, including all associated mechanical and electrical (M&E) services to the structures. The provision of modern state-of-the-art lighting was a key feature of the project.

Having a multi-disciplinary workforce including rail, civil and structural installation expertise, M&E, and general construction capabilities, along with in-house project management, allowed Global Rail to provide a compelling bid, deliver on programme to the client’s expectations and produce a high-quality final finish to such a visible and keynote project for MTM.

Feltham Resignalling Project

Following previous successful contracts with Kier, Global Rail Construction Ltd (GRCL) again delivered a compelling tender and, in early 2016, was awarded the civil engineering scope of works for the Feltham Resignalling Project (Shepperton Branch).

The major resignalling project to renew life expired signalling, telecoms and power assets on behalf of railway systems giant Atkins, comprised the renewal of 538 Signalling Equivalent Units (SEUs).

The geographical work-scope, which covers over 80 miles of railway lines also included, for the first time, the introduction of Atkins brand new signalling system – Elix.

Works were planned during mid-week days and nights, Saturday nights and four 28-hour railway possessions between weeks 48 and 14, leading up to a 15-day blockade commencing in Week 16, between 16th and 31st July 2016.

Having a multi-disciplinary workforce including rail, civil and structural installation expertise, along with in-house project management, and having previously delivered time-pressurised re-signalling schemes, allowed Global Rail Construction to provide a delivery solution, one which the client readily accepted.

East Notts Modular Resignalling

In April 2014, UK rail contractor Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL). fought off stiff competition to be awarded the design and construction of the civil engineering scope of works (Grip 5-8), for the East Notts Modular Resignalling scheme on behalf of Alstom.

The remitted signalling renewals on Network Rail’s East Midlands Route, consisted of the replacement of life expired mechanical signalling equipment, with Alstom’s state of the art modular signalling concept.

This flagship project involved the use of Alstom’s latest obstacle detection (OD) technology at 9 separate level crossing sites, on both the Nottingham to Grantham and the Nottingham to Newark lines.

The project was to be completed whilst adhering with two critical project milestones commissioning dates in March 2015 and November 2015, culminating in final test, handback and completion in November 2016.

The project was also cutting edge in its safe working processes, as it also became the first project in the UK to implement NR//L2/OHS/133 – Network Rail’s brand new Code of Practice for Planning and Delivering Safe Work.

Global Rail Construction self delivered much of the work scope using their in-house civil and structural engineering teams.