COLAS RAIL – BARNETBY HARD STANDING WORKS PROJECT

BACKGROUND – AN OVERVIEW OF THE CURRENT SITUATION

Rail Safety Solutions Ltd (RSS) conducted construction work for Colas Rail’s Barnetby site office, when RSS were approached the area primarily consisted of grass roads and walk ways, with some office containers not placed on a level surface. The RSS workers were tasked with creating a cleaner and more professional environment for the project staff and workforce, as well as fixing minor problems reported by the current occupants.

SOLUTION – HOW WE IMPROVED SAFE TRACK ACCESS

The RSS workers were tasked with clearing up the Barnetby site office grounds. The project began with excavating the current designated car park area of all imperfections and water pooling issues, after that the ground was levelled and prepared for the next phase; the Type 1 fill process.
It was agreed by RSS and the client that resurfacing of the area would be completed with a Type 1 fill because of its flexibility and cost-effective nature. A small team laid and compressed the area to create an even surface suitable for vehicle and foot traffic, with the completion of the surface, the RSS team then focused their attention on creating a slabbed foundation and perimeter area for the office containers, making accessibility to and from the office safer for the staff and workforce. Once the area had the new foundation work completed, the office containers were then adjusted to make them horizontally level and subsequently safer for all office users.

BARNETBY HARD STANDING

CONCLUSIONS / RESULTS – WHAT BENEFIT WAS THIS FOR THE CLIENT

The project took a total of 2 days to complete and has been highly praised by the Site Manager who overlooked the project. The area is now more professional and presentable as well as safer for all vehicles and staff on the site.

COLAS RAIL – PULFORD DRAINAGE REPAIR

BACKGROUND – AN OVERVIEW OF THE CURRENT SITUATION

Rail Safety Solutions (RSS) Ltd, a subsidiary of Auctus Management Group Ltd, successfully completed drainage repair works as part of the ‘North / South Reduction Journey Time’ project for Colas Rail in Pulford.

RSS personnel began work on the 27th February and identified that due to excessive amounts of vegetation, as well as the poor condition of the current trench, water was flowing from the catch pits into the existing ditch resulting in extensive flood damage that was affecting the ‘Trackside Neighbours’ field.

SOLUTION

Due to the location of the works, it was necessary for RSS operatives to meticulously remove by hand the vegetation that was blocking the drainage duct and install concrete canvas’s over the existing brickwork and drainage. The extensive deterioration of the existing ditch meant that operatives were required to excavate a V-ditch to manage the flow of water from the head-wall to the brook as well as install a concrete canvas.

To stem the stream of water from entering and damaging the nearby field, the area around the brickwork was filled with clean ballast which acted as a French drain. This, in turn, allowed the water from the field culvert to flow directly into the V-ditch.

COLAS PULFORD

CONCLUSIONS / RESULTS – WHAT BENEFIT WAS THIS FOR THE CLIENT

This innovative solution removed the need for a chamber/access, as the majority of water would flow over the canvas and any that was not collected would then be redirected by the drainage below. Ultimately, this method helped to reduce resource costs and ensured that the project was completed by the 10th March.

COLAS RAIL – ROSSETT RELAY ROOM FENCING PROJECT

BACKGROUND – AN OVERVIEW OF THE CURRENT SITUATION

Rail Safety Solutions Ltd (RSS) tendered and won a contract for Colas Rail in July 2017 to complete a series of rail construction works in conjunction with the North Wales Wrexham to Chester Dual Tracking Project in Rossett. The project consisted within a small area of the Rossett line, primarily around the Broadoak Level Crossing where the majority of the works were scheduled.

Colas Rail requested the support of RSS to rebuild new fencing around a Relay Room and construct fencing support underneath an existing barrier that was adjacent to Broadoak Level Crossing. RSS were tasked to create a time saving option that would not jeopardise the safety of the project or the structural integrity of the current works.

SOLUTION – HOW WE IMPROVED SAFE TRACK ACCESS

Meetings between Colas Rail and RSS were held and the best solutions for the Relay Room and the support fencing were finalised. RSS began working on the agreed methods, these included; inserting a road curb in-between the gap in the Relay Room fencing, which was deemed the quickest and most efficient method of closing the gap. The second method was to lay down 80 metres of ballast board against a bordering fence to reinforce the existing structure, with the use of one of the most popular items in the ‘Magnetic Suite’; the Magnetic Barrier Fencing, total protection of the workforce from the nearby open line was achieved.

A small team of specialised RSS employees were tasked to undertake the project. The Relay Room works consisted of a simple and effective solution of closing the gap, this was achieved by raising the surrounding ground with road curbs thus saving the client time and money as well as eliminating potential trip hazards around the area.

The Ballast Board was installed around an existing fence structure. It was crucial that the works must not undermine the structural integrity of the fence in anyway as it was bordered with private property. The Magnetic Barrier Fencing was used throughout the project, which was essential in keeping the workforce safe without the use of a Line Block, a Lookout or a variety of Track Warning Systems.

CONCLUSIONS / RESULTS – WHAT BENEFIT WAS THIS FOR THE CLIENT

The project took a collective total of 11 days to complete and has been highly praised by the Site Manager who overlooked the project. As a result of the work, the numerous fencing structures around the whole area have been reinforced to a much higher standard and will help the area to be more secure for rail workers and the general public alike.