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Piles, piles and more piles, Exeter

  • Lecture
  • Exeter
  • 21 March 2018
  • 18:00 - 19:30
Piles, piles and more piles, Exeter

About this event

The Great Western Electrification Programme (GWEp) aims to electrify one of Britain's oldest and busiest railways, providing greener, more reliable journeys and improving connections across southern England and South Wales. Electrification will improve services and help support economic growth across many of our cities and towns.

Around 1,000 kilometres of railway will be electrified between London and Cardiff in the biggest investment in the railways since Brunel and the completion of the line in 1840. This mammoth task includes 15,000 piles, masts and associated wiring and 13,000 bespoke bridges and other structural designs which are due to be completed by 2017. Many of the Grade I and Grade II listed structures along the route will be sympathetically altered to accommodate the new overhead lines, while protecting their heritage, and also maintaining the highest safety standards for the railway.

Using case studies from the GWEp network, Jon will be presenting the main considerations and challenges that have been faced by the geotechnical team, from initial design development through to detailed design and during installation.

Speakers: Jon Esser from Atkins and Richard Lethbridge from Network Rail


Jon Esser

Jon Esser is the lead for geotechnical design for Atkins as the LDO on the Greater Western Electrification programme.

Richard Lethbridge

Richard Lethbridge is the Lead geotechnical engineer for Network Rail on the Greater Western Electrification programme.

Event venue

The Ley Arms
Exeter EX6 7UW
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Joanne Mallard

e: joanne.mallard@ice.org.uk