Project overview

Customer: Carillion
Client: Network Rail
Site: Bicester
Value: £87 million

Project details

We were tasked with taking part in a Carillion Buckingham joint venture, which involved working together to deliver the design and construction of the new Chiltern Railways route between Oxford and Bicester, which is currently taking place.

This involved connecting the railway to the Chiltern main line at Bicester with the construction of a new 1 km railway. The project also included widening the existing track bed, doubling over 18 km of railway track, increasing the line speed to 100mph and installing a new signalling system.

The solution

We were designated as the tier one operator and self-drive plant hire suppliers for this particular collaboration.

At present, we have over 100 machines on hire, 40 of these machines are being operated, with the remaining being self-drive.

We also supply HI-ABS flatbeds, tipper lorries and road sweepers for this project.

Initially, we were involved in the construction of the new roads and bridges, new railway line, relevant drainage works and the construction of three new railway stations at Islip, Bicester Town and Water Eaton Park and Ride.

We’ve also been engaged to take part in another element of the project, which involves working on the Wolvercott Tunnel, which was built in 1850. There’s been no active train service running through the tunnel for a while. However, it’s been decided that the tunnel will reopen to allow more trains to run through.

The results

As a result of enlisting our expertise, the client has benefited from:

  • Working with a rail plant hire specialist that can adapt to numerous on-site health and safety changes and has managed to meet needs and expectations from the outset
  • Having a foreman operator on site who was in constant contact with all aspects of the project
  • An extensive range of plant hire and haulage machinery
  • A huge pool of highly-trained and highly professional operators

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