Busy weekend keeps Wessex Package 7 on track

Spencer Rail has moved a step closer to completing the scheduled works on the Wessex Package 7 project.

Another busy weekend saw the civils team construct a new platform as well as install drainage and remove spoil at Clapham Junction Platform 7.

In preparation for the weekend’s works at Effingham Junction Sidings, the signalling team spent the week pre-commissioning; specifically points conversion and replacement of the long bearers.

S&T civils snagging rectification works were also completed at Raynes Park, Stoneleigh, Earlsfield, Horsley, Kempton, Sunbury, Norbiton and Ewell West and continued at Kempton Park, New Malden, Hampton Wick, Shepperton and Claygate.

Embankment works progressed well at Stoneleigh, Clandon and Claygate.

The civils and electrical teams also undertook snagging to the drivers walkways at Guildford North Box Sidings (GNBS), Down Ash, Down Shepperton, Up/Down Cobham, Down Main and Up Kingston. At GNBS snagging was undertaken across all disciplines.

Sam Wadsworth, programme director at Spencer Rail, said: “As well as the range of works that were completed over the weekend, during the past few weeks, we have been undertaking inspections under the platforms. This has identified an issue with the ducting and some bolts not being as tight as we would like and have now put in place a plan to address all these issues by the end of August.”

The Wessex Package 7 Platform Extension programme forms part of a wider plan which aims to allow the operation of longer trains on key routes within the south east of England to deliver a higher passenger capacity intomajor London terminus stations.

Delivered in four-station batches, with more than 2,500m of platform being constructed, Spencer Rail is responsible for the renewal of more than 1,400m of plain line, the installation of seven point ends (three crossovers and one turnout) as well as the fitting of new and transposed conductor rails to a length of more than 2,600m.

Along the way, 39 new signals will be installed as well as 49 new location cabinets with all associated fit out and cabling, together with 11 DNO upgrades.