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Network Rail and Morgan Sindall – Werrington Grade Separation
The rail environment is unique in its requirement to minimise disruption to the operational rail network for major infrastructure projects. Werrington Grade Separation presented a unique technical challenge to install a very high skew structure under the East Coast Main Line to facilitate freight movements across the fast lines of the ECML with minimal disruption.
The method selected for this was using a curved portal structure, constructed offline of the ECML, and pushed into place during a 9-day partial closure of the ECML lines. A reduced operational service was maintained via the Stamford and GNGE Lines during the partial closure.
The unique feature of this structure was its curved nature. Selected to follow the line of the track on a constant curve, the 11,000T structure was built 160m away from its final resting place on a slab then jacked into place during the partial closure utilising slide tracks pre-installed within tunnels installed in advance. The presenter will describe the background to the challenge and present some of the key features of the construction and installation.
Contractors Responsible Engineer (CRE) Civils responsible for the portal push
Brian is a highly experienced Civil Engineer with 35 years of experience in Civil Engineering and specialises in complex structure installation using novel methods such as box jacking, heavy lifting and bridge transportation.
He was recruited by Morgan Sindall specifically because of previous experience in the field of box jacking/off line structure installation, specifically in the Rail environment.
Currently, Brian is working with Morgan Sindall working on As Built data and handover documentation for elements of Werrington Grade Separation, as well as starting a project at Dawlish at Parsons Tunnel, as CEM for delivery of a rockfall shelter for Network Rail as part of their resilience programme.
Scheme Project Manager, Network Rail
Aanchal is an experienced project manager and has worked on major infrastructure projects in both the UK and Australia for the last few years.
She started working for Turner & Townsend in 2019 and has been working on the Werrington Grade Separation project since.
Aanchal is a trained Civil Engineer and her grasp of technical concepts and engineering experience enables her to successfully manage the delivery of complex workstreams and packages. During her time at Werrington Grade Separation, Aanchal has managed a variety of work streams such as major and minor civils, electrification and power, overhead line equipment, utility liaison and diversions and property and stakeholder management.
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