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S&T Decommissioning of North Pole Depot

North Pole Depot All of RT Infrastructure’s works at North Pole Depot was based around the government’s decision to proceed with the much anticipated Intercity Express Programme (IEP). The IEP programme was put in place to procure new trains to replace the Intercity 125 fleet that serves the ECML and WCML. The winning bidder for this contract was Agility Trains, a consortium led by Hitachi with a train called the Hitachi Super Express.

In terms of basing its new fleet, Hitachi decided upon 3 depots one of which would be North Pole Depot that originally served as a depot for Eurostar services. The depot had remained dormant since 2005 but had been maintained to an operational level should future need arise. After considering the existing infrastructure at North Pole Depot Hitachi decided that the existing lay out at North Pole would need altering in order to accommodate its new class of trains.

In January 2013 RT Infrastructure Solutions were commissioned on behalf of VolkerFitzpatrick to undertake the controlled disconnection and removal of all signalling related equipment within North Pole Train Depot to accommodate the changes required. From previous knowledge of North Pole Depot, RT Infrastructure Solutions undertook all recovery works within a 3 week period, on time and within agreed budget.



Project Value

Circa £105,000


Jan 2013 — Feb 2013

Activities Undertaken

Management and supervision of all trackside works
Production of Work Package Plans, Task briefing and SSOW documentation
Removal of all signalling cables including 650v power cable
Removal and recovery of 70 location cases & 47 Signals
Removal and recovery of SSI signalling panel and technicians terminal
Removal all existing track circuit & level crossing equipment & associated tail cables
Removal of all cabling and disconnection boxes to clamplock machines
Removal of all existing signalling signage & linedside telephones
Full M&E survey of North Pole Depot
Constructive and technical breakdown of all location cases

Client Contact

Steve Parr - VolkerFitzpatrick Site Manager
Wes McKee - VolkerFitzpatrick Contracts Manager
Reference Available Upon Request

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