Walsall to Rugeley Electrification Project
Client: ABC Electrification Ltd.
Duration: December 2016 – January 2019
Location: Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley
As part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to improve connectivity and develop the passenger journey, a £100m investment into electrifying and upgrading the lines between Rugeley and Walsall was introduced. Allowing electric trains to run between Birmingham New Street and Rugeley via the Cannock lines, works aimed to boost capacity, reduce carbon emissions, and cut the cost of running the railway.
TXM’s dedicated POS team offered their assistance and expertise in supporting the customer with their specific requirements. The core project covered 51 single-track km of electrification including foundations, structures, the contact system and steelwork. Under Track Crossing (UTX) was also constructed to accommodate a duct route for cables between cess catchpits on either side of the 2 lines of track.
Electrification of the line was accompanied with a speed increase, from the historical 45 mph to 75 mph. Re-signalling of the route was also undertaken with the closure of 3 manual signal boxes, together with panel boxes. Collaborative working supported a joint approach in access planning across the routes along with the integration of engineering assurance within the Network Rail Standards. With a huge number of man-hours delivered, no serious injuries related to On Track Plant were recorded.
Dan Brunton, OLE Construction Manager at ABC Electrification said, “Thanks to all at TXM that have been involved in the planning, management, paperwork, meetings, delivery of work and reactiveness to our last-minute changes over the years.”
The POS team was instrumental in delivering all Plant requirements in a timely, compliant manner, with strong reactive management throughout the duration of the works.