Thames Valley EMU Platform Extensions
Tony Gee and Partners
HOCHTIEF delivered platform extensions at eleven stations along the Great Western Mainline, Thames Valley branch and Oxford branch lines to accommodate new longer trains. The works were carried out at operational stations, with careful planning minimising disruption to the travelling public.
- Platform works at 11 stations: Twyford, Reading West, Theale, Thatcham, Aldermaston, Tilehurst, Pangbourne, Goring & Streatley, Cholsey, Didcot Parkway and Radley
- Re-gauging of existing platforms and associated surfacing and drainage
- Installation of tactile surfacing
- Drainage for new platforms including soakaways and Under Track Crossing (UTX)
- Repositioning of trackside equipment
- OLE isolations
- Transitions between new and existing platforms
- Ducting, lighting and CCTV
- Fencing, signage and lining
- Moving mirrors and cameras for Driver Only Operation (DOO)
From the start of the contract, we co-located with Network Rail and followed a Relationship Management Plan accredited to BS11000 that maximised collaboration and ensured we shared best practice. This collaborative approach led us to interrogate the initial design of the platform extensions to maximise efficiency.
We used a modular solution for several of the platform extensions, which reduced waste and minimised disruption to station operations. Platforms were manufactured offsite, minimising construction time and the volume of works near the operational railway, reducing the safety risk to operatives. Our modular solution also reduced fill materials and wet trades, saving vehicle movements and carbon emissions.
We won Network Rail Starlite awards at Didcot, Twyford, Pangbourne, Tilehurst and Aldermaston stations, while our efficient solution and efforts to reduce waste led the scheme to be shortlisted for a Sustainability Award at the Network Rail Partnership Awards.