Bicester rail project gets Lynch Thumbs Up

The Bicester to Oxford Collaboration programme is being delivered by an integrated project team comprising Network Rail (responsible for UK rail infrastructure), Chiltern Railways (train services operator), and a joint venture led by local companies Carillion and Buckingham Group Contracting (as design-and-build contractor) with support from the East West Rail Consortium – a group of local authorities (including Oxfordshire County Council) and business interests.

Carillion and Buckingham Group Contracting will deliver the design and construction of the new Chiltern Railways route between London Marylebone and Oxford via Bicester, and the western section of the East West Rail scheme that will eventually join Oxford to Bedford and Milton Keynes.

Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage Ltd is the key supplier of all plant and equipment to all the main contractors of these projects and is offering a full range of Excavators, Dumpers, Backhoes, ADT's, Telehandlers, Rollers and Wheeled excavators, both Civils and PTS operators.

The project includes building a new one kilometre section of railway to connect the Bicester Town to Oxford line to the Chiltern main line. It will also involves widening the existing track bed; doubling over 18km of track; increasing line speed to100mph; constructing new over-bridges, under-bridges and footbridges; closing 37 level crossings; building a new Oxford Parkway station at Water Eaton; upgrading Bicester Town and Islip stations; and installing a new signalling system. The works are due for completion next year.

Due to the growing safety culture developing on the project, Lynch visited this site on the 6th August 2015 to demonstrate its 'Thumbs up' campaign and safety road show event to all the staff working on the site. Due to the sheer size of the site, the day was broken down into three main timings so all could attend and take part in the workshops, including a number of senior directors along with the leadership team from both Buckingham's, Carillion and Network Rail.

The idea behind the campaign is simple. When you give a thumbs up sign to the plant operator, you're asking permission to enter his work zone. You're respecting the fact that there's a high-risk item that affects whether you get home safely. You're showing colleagues you don't take safety around plant for granted.

Also as part of the day Lynch organised a number of fun operator trials for the guys to enjoy which helped to build a bond between fellow operatives, as well as initiate conversations about construction plant that are not typical on site on a day-to-day basis.

In addition Lynch also put on other demonstrations to re-inforce cab excavator safety with two way radio systems and 360 cameras. Also in attendance was the Lynch operator simulator which encouraged all the staff to get a feel for what it is like to be operating a heavy item of construction plant. This is also now used as a vital tool to help stimulate interest from the youth of today to consider joining our fantastic industry.

The event was attended by over 500 staff from across the project and Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage will be returning early next year to continue our very special 'Thumbs up' campaign and safety road show event.

If you are a main contractor and feel your site could benefit from a Thumbs up Campaign or safety event then please call our safety team today on 0208 900 00 00. For further information you can also email

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