East Kent Phase 2 - Spencer Group

East Kent Phase 2

East Kent Phase 2 was part of a £150 million collaborative alliance between Spencer Group, Atkins, Balfour Beatty and Network rail. It was selected by Network Rail as a BS11000 project and adhered to the principles of the standard through adopting collaborative working in a number of ways. This included the initial co-location of all the team at the Atkins offices in Croydon during the development of the project and the co-location on the project site during delivery.

Project scope

Spencer had overall responsibility for replacing old signalling equipment, and increasing capacity and capability along the region’s rail network.

Specific milestones in the project were:

  • •  The total renewal of life-expired signalling between Longfield and Sittingbourne, transferring control of the signalling to the East Kent Signalling Centre (EKSC) – Gillingham
  • •  The re-control of Strood from Ashford, Sheernes Branch and Medway Valley Line to EKSC
  • •  The renewal of life-expired signalling at Maidstone East
  • •  The creation of a new station at Corporation Street in Rochester
  • •  12-car platforms at Strood
  • •  New turnback facility at Rainham in the form of a new 12-car bay platform


Spencer delivered operational savings within the project area and improved network integration with other modes of transport, a highlight being the installation of a new subway at Rochester.
East Kent Phase 2 will be completed and accessible to passengers in spring 2016. This project has been described as an industry model for collaborative working.