Siemens and VGC

John writes:

All of the people involved in the huge push over Christmas and New Year in north Lincolnshire should be very proud of themselves.

The Red route was handed back on time on 30 December, and the Blue route was handed back on time at 04:10 on Monday 11 January.

The works were part of the £88 million Network Rail upgrade of north Lincolnshire’s railways. We’ve had a lot of compliments from the client after we proved that it was possible to replace and upgrade 16 level crossings all in one push.

People had come from other VGC worksites across the UK to join the workers already involved in the project. Around 65 VGC people, mostly working along the 16 miles of track, and also Peter and Stacey in the office, worked flat out all over Christmas for 17 days solid.

The weather was cold and wet and they were right up against it, doing 12-hour shifts, and we achieved it all.

Most of the work we did was civils, telecoms, and p-way, including demolition, cabling, troughing, fencing and new signal loc bases. We also closed 13 signal gate boxes and upgraded 16 level crossings, including ripping out the old systems and putting in new ones, with cables, new barriers and white lining.

The Siemens Rail Automation (SRA) Delivery Director East forwarded several thank you notes for the team:

  • Siemens Rail Project Manager: “You should be very proud of your achievement” and “Please accept my gratitude on behalf of Siemens for your sustained efforts over a very demanding 18 month programme. We have collectively delivered on our commitments and received notable praise from our customer Network Rail.”
  • National Rail Programme Manager: “Please pass on my personal gratitude to your team and your supply chain for the great work they did delivering a successful commissioning and a right time hand back of the North Lincs project. Christmas commissionings are never easy and become the focus of the entire industry.  The hard work and dedication from the teams ensured we were successful on this key project. Of course it’s not all about the commissioning period where hundreds of people gave up their time, but the many months of hard work in design and installation leading up to the that point – a great effort from the entire work force! Please ensure my thanks get distributed to all involved.”
  • National Rail Route Managing Director LNE&EM: “Please pass on my personal thanks to all involved with the successful commissioning of North Lincs which was competed this morning.  The project has had significant local profile and the proactive approach by all coupled with successful delivery means we have a very positive news story.”
  • National Rail Route Asset Manager LNE: ” Signalling signed in 04:30 possession handed back 04:58 first loco using the new signalling system 05:03. Really great result – well done to all our teams who make this all happen.”
  • SRA Director, Delivery: “I just want to express my sincere thanks for the tenacity, commitment and sheer hard work demonstrated by the whole of the team in achieving successful commissioning of both the Red and now the Blue route on the North Lincs project over the last 17 days. This is a fantastic achievement and great praise is due to everyone involved. Please pass on our thanks and congratulations to all involved in the commissioning and its lead up. Well done.”
  • SRA Managing Director: “You guys and your team have done a fantastic job under difficult circumstances and not just a normal Christmas commissioning but a 17 day slog! My sincere thanks to you all.”
  • SRA Regional Engineering Manager, East: “I would like to add my thanks and congratulations to everyone involved in the North Lincs project. As you all know, one of the biggest and most technically challenging projects that we have commissioned. The successful commissioning of North Lincs has only been possible by the amazing effort and team work from everyone involved. Thank you all for your hard work, sacrifice and commitment.”

The SRA Delivery Director East himself said:

“I’m delighted to be able to share with you that at 04:10 this morning the North Lincs ‘Blue Route’ was successfully signed into use and the possession handed back on time. This represents another fantastic achievement by the entire North Lincs project team and comes on the back of the successful on time delivery of the Red Route on the 30th Dec.

“Signing the Blue Route into use brings to a conclusion the North Lincs Resignalling commissioning. This commissioning has been a 17-day marathon, involving well over 500 personnel working round the clock since Christmas Eve.

“I’m tremendously proud of the team that have delivered the North Lincs project and would like to extend my most sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to this significant achievement.”

John Daly
Author: John Daly, contracts supervisor


Well done to everyone who worked so hard.

See our ‘thank you’ news page for a list of the VGC people who worked over Christmas and New Year.


There is more information about the north Lincolnshire upgrade on the Network Rail website, as well as information about other Christmas works by Network Rail.