Client: Hitachi Rail Europe
NG Bailey is playing a key role in the pioneering InterCity Express Programme (IEP); a £5.7bn investment by the Department for Transport (DfT) that includes 122 new Hitachi trains to replace the current InterCity 125 and 225 fleets on the Great Western and East Coast Main Lines.
Supporting principal project contractor VolkerFitzpatrick, NG Bailey will assist in building several state-of-the-art, technologically-advanced train maintenance facilities, which will be responsible for maintaining the new IEP rolling stock for the next 27 years.
The latest train maintenance centre – which started in April 2014 and is due to be completed at the end of 2016 – is at Doncaster Carr, where there has been a railway depot for more than 100 years.
The new £70m Doncaster maintenance facility – more than a mile long – will play a crucial role in ensuring the new IEP rolling stock delivers an optimum level of service to passengers on the East Coast Mainline (ECML). It has already been described by Hitachi Rail Europe as a “centre of excellence” on the ECML.
Doncaster Carr will allow for the inspecting, repairing, cleaning, maintaining, refuelling, re-watering and storage for Hitachi’s new fleet of InterCity Express trains. The 11,000m2 facility will accommodate a minimum of 10 five-car trains on a daily basis.
Once completed, the site will feature a train wash building, maintenance shed, wheel lathe building, plant and fuel pump rooms, offices and electrical substations. The associated infrastructure works at the facility are also being upgraded, including new signalling and improved road access.
NG Bailey’s contract at Doncaster Carr covers the design and build of all mechanical and electrical services for the site, including HV infrastructure, power, lighting, heating, ventilation and domestic services. Also included in the NG Bailey contract was all the IT services, security and communication systems (such as the fire alarms, CCTV, intercoms and infra-red cameras) to all buildings.
Key to the project has been NG Bailey’s ability to produce some of the new systems via its offsite manufacturing facility. This enables completed systems to be delivered directly to site, reducing overall project time, costs, and wastage and site safety.
The commitment to safety by everyone involved at Doncaster Carr is demonstrated by more than one million on-site hours, during which there have been no reportable accidents.
The successful delivery of previous Hitachi IEP train maintenance centres at London North Pole and Stoke Gifford has meant NG Bailey’s Rail and Engineering teams have been able to apply best practice at Doncaster Carr to meet the project’s particular challenges, and to ensure it stays on time and on budget.
Principal contractor: VolkerFitzpatrick