Morgan Sindall wins £20 million Network Rail scheme
Network Rail has awarded Morgan Sindall the £20 million North Doncaster Chord project to remove a critical bottleneck from the East Coast Main Line (ECML). The scheme will be delivered by Network Rail, Morgan Sindall and URS working in a new alliancing culture which will harness efficiencies and mitigate risk.
The 3.2 kilometre twin track chord works include the construction of a six span viaduct over the ECML, two approach embankments, and associated track and signalling connections. The works also involve replacing an existing level crossing with a highway bridge which will reduce the height of the new chord and provide road users with a safer crossing of the ECML.
Currently freight trains have to use a stretch of the ECML north of Doncaster which restricts passenger train capacity. The completed project will remove some freight trains from this section of ECML, helping to improve reliability and creating extra capacity to run more ECML passenger services.
Jag Paddam, managing director of Infrastructure at Morgan Sindall, says: “We are delighted to have secured this prestigious contract with Network Rail and look forward to working with them and all other stakeholders involved with the project to demonstrate the value of alliance working.
This contract builds upon our extensive experience in the Rail sector which has seen us successfully deliver a comprehensive range of station improvements, complex structures and overhead line and rail electrification works. Our highly sustainable solution will minimise the use of primary aggregates and maximise the import of construction materials by rail.”
The project award follows Network Rail’s recent decision to alter their contracting strategy and engage with leading construction and engineering companies on key rail projects and programmes at an earlier stage. The move enables Network Rail to capitalise on the companies’ expertise and innovation which helps to ensure that projects are delivered faster, safer and more efficiently, whilst creating better value throughout the development, design and delivery processes.
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