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Keltbray worked as a Principal Contractor to Abellio Greater Anglia on Norwich Victoria sidings, a design and build project located just outside of Norwich. Last in use during the 1990’s, the sidings are again becoming operational to accommodate rolling stock as part of the Angela fleet upgrade. The project is valued at £7.2 million and is one of Keltbray Aspire’s largest multi-disciplined awarded contracts. Keltbray were awarded the contract in April 2019 and construction works were completed at the end of February 2020. The contract includes multi-discipline design which has been undertaken by Wentworth House Rail Systems (WHRS).

On the partnership between Keltbray Aspire and WHRS, Paul Costello, Managing Director of WHRS said, “This has been our first multi-disciplined rail project and has seen collaborative working both internally within the group and externally with our client, to resolve some technical issues including civils, signalling, p-way, power and overhead line.

Over the last few weeks Keltbray saw the construction completion and energisation so that the new Greater Anglia rolling stock can be stabled, as the sidings are brought into service. The success of this work should be seen as an example of good working practices and hopefully lead to a number of other similar, and even more complex schemes being offered for us to undertake. It has been a great opportunity to show what we can deliver together”.

The Scope of works

The scope of works included the installation of new sidings with associated OLE, signalling and telecoms together with a depot facility.

All contracted works include:

• Installation of 4 No. Sidings, Including 3 No. BV Turnouts.
• Installation of 18 No. OLE Structures (6 Track Portals, 4 Track Portals, TTC’s, STC’s, DTC’s & SSA’s)
• Installation of 4 No. New Wire Runs & IRC.
• Installation of 500m of King Post Retaining Walls
• Installation of 1441m of Walking Route
• Installation of Lighting Bollards & CCTV security systems
• Installation of Accommodation & Shunters Cabin Buildings

The Norwich Victoria Sidings project made some excellent progress in November 2019 last year with the installation of 3 turnouts and associated plain line track components. The civils retaining walls are now complete, along with installation of the OLE piles and the majority of masts which will support the new six track portals.

A message from Senior Project Manager, Andy Claydon, “Keltbray is pleased to have worked closely with Greater Anglia on the NVS project. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the project for their hard work and support”.

To find out more about the Norwich Victoria depot transformation, read on to: https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/about-us/news-desk/news-articles/greater-anglia-transforming-norwich-depot-in-readiness-new-trains

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