Atkins engaged VGC Rail Projects to provide the civil engineering content of the signalling scope of works for the Farnham resignalling project.
The project extended from Camberley in Surrey through to Alton in Hampshire. The work included the installation of hard standings and staging for signalling equipment, installation of insulated rail joints, screw pile installation for location bases and signals and in-situ concrete works for further signals and an REB base.
In support of the signalling works VGC also cleared around 3km of vegetation to expose existing cable routes and installed 1300m of new route to appropriate to the terrain and railway environment. Further project works included minor building works to an existing signal box, civil engineering works to extend Bentley Station platform and works to an existing level crossing at Farnham.
The award of the contract followed the successful delivery of the civil engineering component of the Stourbridge resignalling scheme for Atkins. It underlines VGC’s capacity to undertake projects in the challenging environment of the UK main line railway network. VGC was delighted to be working for Atkins again on one of Network Rail’s key railway signalling upgrade projects.
The Farnham resignalling scheme was part of the Sussex and Wessex signalling framework contract awarded to Atkins by Network Rail in January 2012. The two year contract, with an option to be extended by Network Rail for a further five years, is designed to modernise and maintain safety-critical railway signalling systems and deliver the efficiency savings required by the infrastructure owner through further reductions in unit costs.