Piles, piles and more piles, Kenn

20 April, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:00

Piling work taking place on the Norwich to Cromer and Sheringham line. Electrification of lines between London and Cardiff will require over 15,000 piles.
Piling work taking place on the Norwich to Cromer and Sheringham line. Electrification of lines between London and Cardiff will require over 15,000 piles.

About this event

Please note: this event has been postponed to a later date.

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.

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