June 30, 2014
We are pleased to announce a hat trick of new contracts supporting the Department of Transport’s flagship Intercity Express Programme (IEP), which will see improvements made to the Great Western and East Coast main lines.
Working with main contractor, VolkerFitzpatrick, 40 lifting jacks and a bogie drop with two bridges have already been installed at the North Pole depot in west London. A further two standard equipment drops are now being developed, for delivery in March 2015 to the new Stoke Gifford depot near Bristol.
Most recently, our managing director, Richard Carr, travelled to Hitachi Rail Europe’s Newton Aycliffe facility to put pen to paper on a contract for two traversers. The County Durham-based factory is building high speed trains for the IEP and will be using the machines – one inside and one outside – to move the vehicles between roads. Both will be installed in spring next year.
Darren Cumner, manufacturing plant manager for Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “We conducted an extensive and competitive tendering process for these two traversers, given their importance to production. This process reaffirmed we were already working with a partner who can match our expectations on quality and reliability.”