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Demand for rail passenger and freight services continues to grow, creating further strain on networks on which sustained historical under-investment has resulted in reduced reliability and asset performance. In today’s demanding economic climate, a more affordable railway is needed to promote a sustainable industry and wider economic growth.

While high levels of capital investment in rail infrastructure schemes are often planned efficiently, business requirements are sometimes left unfulfilled. Enhancing networks to meet demand comes at a high cost; they do not always provide the value that is expected and they take a long time to develop.

At GHD, we address these challenges pragmatically by applying the wide-ranging railway project and operational experience of our rail team. We work closely with clients to clearly define their business requirements. We then develop concept designs that meet those requirements while looking for ways to reduce cost and risk, and provide programme security. Our team members have many years of experience of operational railways, helping clients to optimise their capital investment by focussing on what will work on their networks.

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In the UK we don’t operate large volume design teams. This means that our experienced rail professionals can focus their time and knowledge on working with clients to scope schemes that meet their requirements cost-effectively. The schemes can then be implemented quickly and efficiently so that clients can realise the benefits as early as possible. We develop integrated solutions that comply with clients’ operational, regulatory and business needs. This means clearly defining the cost of meeting those requirements so that clients can seek appropriate funding and spend it wisely.

Our services include:

  • Providing strategic technical advice that helps clients optimise their capital investment
  • Defining scope effectively to expedite procurement
  • Effectively integrating solutions that support improved train operations
  • Monitoring that what is being built meets the design intention
  • Protecting clients’ investments by acting as client's engineer
  • Providing safety advice that enables clients to meet legislative obligations
  • Undertaking engineering safety management to minimise residual safety hazards
  • Helping clients to optimise whole of life costs through sound asset maintenance advice

For further information, contact:

Huw Kane
T:
+44 1904 436 106
E: Huw Kane

Heathrow Express (HEX) – Rail Engineering Partner

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Since 2002, acting as an integrated part of HEX’s team, GHD has been engineering advisor for track, signalling and electrification systems. In partnership with HEX, GHD’s day-to-day responsibilities include management of Network Rail’s contract to maintain the railway, leadership of initiatives to deliver continuous performance improvement, and on-call response to faults and incidents.

Wheel rail interface management is one example GHD’s work; leading HEX’s technical response to Rolling Contact Fatigue in the wake of the Hatfield accident. GHD is involved n evolving HEX’s proactive and successful rail head and wheel profile management strategy to address changes both in the mix of operating vehicles and the system’s configuration.

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Electromotive Diesel - Roberts Road Locomotive Servicing Facility

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Electromotive Diesel's expanding locomotive servicing business led to the construction of additional premises, in Doncaster, for servicing Class 66 Freight locomotives, adjacent to the Doncaster – Sheffield line.GHD was appointed as Electromotive Diesel’s project track engineer.

Two sheds were constructed. The first, able to accommodate four locomotives at a time, was over 75 m x 32 m wide and was equipped with integral travelling cranes capable of lifting out engine and transformer sets. The second shed accommodated an under floor wheel lathe and washing apron. Nearly 2000 m of new track was required to allow locomotives to access the sheds from the adjacent running line and to enable the necessary shunting in the depot.

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Manchester Metrolink - Point actuation equipment safety assurance and acceptance

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GHD managed the integration, safety assurance and acceptance of new actuation equipment where the former heavy rail line points have been converted to light rail. Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM’s) new Tram Management System (TMS) will deliver high capacity and enhanced safety on the existing network and the new Phase 3a and 3b extensions. The specified light rail system point actuation equipment, delivered by Thales as part of their TMS scope, is used on the light rail track points and also on the heaver rail points.

Working within TfGM’s RAMS requirements framework and with numerous key stakeholders, GHD mapped the differences between proven and new applications.

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Network Rail – Kettering to Corby Capacity Works GRIP Stages 1 & 2

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The line between Kettering and Corby in the UK required infrastructure enhancement by December 2014 to enable additional freight and passenger services and, potentially, to allow it act as diversionary route during the Midland Main Line electrification project. GHD’s challenge was to take the scheme through GRIP Stage 1 (output definition) and GRIP stage 2 (feasibility); undertaking an operational assessment, developing infrastructure options, evaluating their feasibility and cost, and aligning stakeholders through a value management process.

Working to a baseline requirement to operate two freight trains and one passenger train per hour in each direction, with the potential for one additional passenger train path and two additional freight train paths per hour in each direction, it was concluded that key to meeting these capacity requirements was the re-instatement of the double track section between Kettering and Corby (coverted to single track in the mid-1980s).

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Huw Kane

Huw Kane

Huw Kane has more than 30 years’ experience of planning, design and implementation of multi-disciplinary railway projects. Trained as a Signalling and Telecommunications engineer, Huw has worked for nationalised and privatised rail owners, S&T system contractors and consultants.

Huw has held UK leadership roles in light rail, metro (LU), and heavy rail (Network Rail and Crossrail). His international experience includes Ireland, USA, Australia, South Africa and Eastern Europe. He has a strong interest in simplifying both the application of new technology and transfer of good practice between different rail systems to improve industry efficiency, applied on roles such as managing Crossrail’s track and rolling stock interfaces and leading integration of light rail point operating equipment with heavy rail switches and crossings on Manchester Metrolink.

Head of Rail Infrastructure Development and Engineering
T: +44 1904 436 106

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