- October 2001
- Network Rail
- Across the UK
- VGC contract value
- £3 million
The management of rail is a crucial element in the safe running of the UK’s railway network. Network Rail owns several purpose built rail trains designed to handle the transportation and delivery of rail up to 216 metres in length. Whether it is for the replacement of worn rail, new railway track or required for the latest projects, rail must be delivered at the precise location needed to enable it to be installed into the infrastructure.
In 2002 VGC was awarded the contract to operate the Rail Putler which delivers 108 metre lengths of rail, mainly operating in tunnels and tight curves. This was followed in 2003 when VGC secured the contract to operate eight new rail delivery trains built by Cowans Sheldon. For this work VGC supplied eight teams strategically based throughout the UK to ensure countrywide coverage. VGC highly competent teams are multi skilled to enable flexibility and optimum performance. The operation is coordinated at VGC’s control centre in Uxbridge near London which sends out a text message to all relevant stakeholders after each rail drop to advise on the status of the rail deliveries undertaken in the previous shift.
In 2009 VGC produced the training manual for the tilting platform delivery train which is able supply modular switch and crossing units to the worksite. VGC now supplies a team of six operatives to operate the tilting train on behalf of Network Rail.
Over the years VGC and Network Rail have refined the rail delivery operations and achieved significant efficiency improvements, whilst maintaining an excellent safety record.
This extensive rail delivery project undertaken by VGC demonstrates its ability to consistently deliver a safe and reliable service to the railway infrastructure over many years.