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.


  • 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







Project value

Circa £105,000







Jan 2013 — Feb 2013