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02.12.13

Designers appointed for Trans Pennine West electrification

Network Rail has appointed engineering consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff as design engineer for the first phase of the Trans Pennine West Electrification programme, from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria through to Stalybridge.

Parsons Brinckerhoff will provide BIM design techniques and 3D modelling in the overall design process; integrating the track, OLE, signalling, telecommunications, electrification, civil engineering, and environmental elements of the programme.

The work will cover electrification and journey time improvements between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge, re-signalling of Ashton Moss North to Denton Junction, operability improvements at Ardwick Depot, a resilience study of the existing electrification system between Ashburys and Newton-for-Hyde stations, and pre-feasibility options for Miles Platting Junction to Newton Heath Depot.

Darren Reed, head of rail for the UK and Europe at Parsons Brinckerhoff, said: “We are delighted to be appointed by Network Rail to further support the vital electrification of the UK railway network. It will enable greater capacity, shorter journey times, less maintenance, lower energy costs, and will boost the economy by providing better connections between towns and cities of the north.

“We are already working closely with Network Rail and the industry to help achieve step changes in the whole life cost efficiency and reliability of the electrification system and particularly through our work on both the North West and Great Western Electrification programmes.”

(Image shows TPE Class 185 Desiro UK departing from Stalybridge station. Copyright Ingy the Wingy, used here under a Creative Commons licence)

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