TOTAL COST
£113M
COMPLETED
2018
DURATION
4Y
RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
Enhancing communities
Protecting people
Developing people

Project description

Our team secured a £113 million position on the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Project (EGIP) alliance, delivering vital rail infrastructure upgrades between Scotland’s two principal cities.

EGIP projects delivered by Morgan Sindall include station refurbishment or redevelopment at Haymarket, Croy, Falkirk, Linlithgow and Polmont stations; bridge replacement and refurbishment works; track and signalling works; depot refurbishments; platform and throat (where railway lines split out to serve platforms) works at Queen Street station; and track slab installation at Winchburgh tunnel.

The work at Winchburgh formed part of the route clearance element of the programme, to create additional headroom for the Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) system. The tunnel is a 330-metre-long, 150-year-old Victorian brick structure, though approach and runoff works brought the overall length of the site to 470 metres.

We delivered the Winchburgh works in a 44-day 24/7 blockade of the Edinburgh to Glasgow line. This included removal of the existing twin track ballasted formation; installation of a base slab, precast track slab units and new drainage system; permanent way installation, welding, stressing and tamping; installation of OLE fixings for the conductor beam; tunnel lining repairs; plus signalling installation and testing.

These works also delivered a linespeed improvement from 80mph to 90mph, renewed signalling assets within the tunnel to improve reliability, and significantly reduced the flood risk.

The full list of projects Morgan Sindall delivered as part of EGIP is as follows:

Bridges
  • Callender Glen Bridge
  • Greenhill Road Bridges
  • Philpstoun Bridge
  • Park Farm Bridge
  • Fountainwell Bridge
  • Gourlay St Bridge
  • Drumgrew Bridge
  • Niddry Bridge
  • Bo’ness, Whitecross
  • Polmont Station Road Bridge
  • Swineburn Aqueduct
Stations
  • Haymarket Station
  • Croy Station
  • Bishopbriggs Station
  • Lenzie Station
  • Falkirk High Station
  • Polmont Station
  • Linlithgow Station
  • Queen Street Platforms and Throat works
Tunnels
  • Winchburgh Tunnel track slab
Depots
  • Eastfield Depot
  • Millerhill Depot
The following work was not part of the EGIP programme but was also delivered by the team:
  • Track slab installation at Queen Street tunnel
  • Anniesland track and signalling works

Responsible business

Enhancing communities

Enhancing communities

  • In advance of civil works starting, our team organised and hosted community drop-in events to enable the local community to meet the project team and raise any questions or concerns they have
  • The project had a dedicated community liaison manager in place, as a direct point of contact for the community for the duration of the works
  • We undertook an eco-project with local primary schools in Greenhill - this involved planting trees and wildflowers near a railway access, which also improved the surroundings for local residents overlooking the access area
  • During the delivery for the bridge works at Drumgrew, we organised for 12 young apprentices from an employability charity to undertake training at Cadder Yard as part of an IOSH Health & Safety day to support the first part of their CSCS training
  • In conjunction with British Transport Police, we undertook school safety talks at primary schools covering 1,210 pupils to reinforce the dangers of playing on or near the railway
  • Working with the Institute of Civil Engineering, Morgan Sindall graduates delivered Bridges to Schools workshops to help encourage engineering as a future career choice, involving around 170 pupils
  • Supported local community initiatives during the delivery of works including the donation of 11 planters to Burgh Beautiful, donation to Greenhill Historic Society and also gifted a bench to Linlithgow Cemetery.
Protecting people

Protecting people

During the project we implemented the following initiatives to help us protect our workforce including sub-contractors and suppliers:
  • An Occupational Health Advisor who carried out wellbeing assessments (BMI/blood pressure/cholesterol checks), briefings (dust/sharps awareness) and baseline checks (skin/HAVS/hearing/lung function)
  • Safety stand downs with guest speakers; re-enactments from Dramanon, occupational health presentations (dust, lung function and healthy eating), personal accountability sessions from legal experts, plant demonstrations, spills training, stands with PPE and safety equipment
  • Trialled SiteZone proximity warning system – an audible and visual warning system designed to reduce the risk of person/plant collisions
  • A Fatigue Science Readiband pilot was completed on EGIP with 100 people involved.
Developing people

Developing people

  • Whilst working on the EGIP programme we employed two young people through Action for Children; they both received extensive training in working on site and the railway.

  • Challenges

    Winchburgh Tunnel: Time presented a significant challenge for the 44-day blockade with round the clock working requiring careful resource management. The slab track system was selected in its first use on the UK rail network, although it had been trialled on the Old Dalby test track in Asfordby Tunnel.