Merseyrail Power Upgrade
Client: Network Rail | Duration: On-going
Location: Mersey Rail / various locations throughout the network
The Merseyrail upgrade programme, consisting of eleven phases, has been designed to prepare the network for the arrival of new, state-of-the-art trains, which will transform how passengers travel. The £460 million project includes power upgrades to the network and works on platforms and track to help manage the gap between train and platform.
These vital works involve upgrading and altering the height of existing platforms and realigning track to ensure they are compatible with the new train’s sliding step that meets the platform edge to provide unassisted access for all passengers. Works also include upgrades to the power supply, which will help drive the powerful trains, enabling journey time reduction.
Planned works will take place throughout 2021 to ensure all stations, and associated signalling infrastructure, are ready to accommodate the new trains.
TXM Plant assisted in upgrading the existing power supply along the Merseyrail route to ensure a sufficient power supply to run the new trains.
Supplying a full POS service, TXM was involved in the safe planning and delivery of works, including track access and the safe use of TXM’s Colmar’s, used to move heavy duty cable a-frames for the 5.5-tonne drums.
Working with suppliers, TXM assisted in delivering several upgrades, including fitting a new substation and cabling to provide power supply for future trains. Collaborative working resulted in minimal disruption to passengers, with suppliers working together to minimise the time needed to complete these works. Works are expected to be completed by October 2021.
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