Thames Valley EMU Platform Extensions
Tony Gee and Partners
On the Thames Valley Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) Platform Extensions project, HOCHTIEF delivered platform works at eleven stations along the Great Western Mainline, Thames Valley branch and Oxford branch lines to accommodate new longer EMU trains. We completed the works while the stations remained operational, 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
- Resurfacing, re-gauging, tactile installation on existing platforms
- Modular platform extensions
- Repositioning trackside equipment
- New ducting, lighting, CCTV
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 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. By incorporating the original ramps at the end of the platforms into the extensions, we were able to avoid creating unnecessary waste and minimise additional construction materials needed. Our modular solution also reduced fill materials and wet trades, saving vehicle movements and carbon emissions. We have 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.