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Electrification of Allerton Depot shed complete

RTM attended an event to celebrate the electrification and extension of Allerton Depot yesterday (13 October), which supports the North West Electrification Programme and the roll-out of Northern Rail’s fleet of Class 319 electric trains. 

The event marked the successful completion of phase 2 of the £23m project to electrify the depot. Phase 2, which took place between December 2014 and September 2015, included extending the train shed to accommodate the longer Class 319s and included the modernisation of the maintenance pit to improve access. 

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Mark O’Leary, senior programme manager for Network Rail, said that the team has been working all the way through this year to take on the over shed and make it look as it does now. The OLE and the three rows wired in the depot was also undertaken by Network Rail’s maintenance team. 

“We effectively dug out the whole of this shed and provided new pits, new rail and facilities and the new depot protection system,” he said, adding that as the facility is an operational depot it was interesting getting access for the principal contractor Buckingham Group to come in and build it. 

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Alex Hynes, managing director of Northern Rail, said the depot has been re-built behind the scenes with none of the TOC’s customers noticing a difference to service provision or train quality.   

“We have delivered a modern, fit-for-purpose facility which is good for our trains, people and we now have enough capacity to park 100 carriages here,” said Hynes. “We are going to have 20 of these fabulous trains [electric 319s] running by the end of the year, 12 of our most crowded services across the whole network are going to get a Northern Electrics service.” 

And Cllr Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel, said it was certainly the cleanest depot he had ever been in. 

But the whole project is the start of the renaissance and revolution of the railways in  the north of England, significantly “improving the standards we have on the railways right across the north”.


Lutz   14/10/2015 at 18:47

Class 310?

Kev Smith   16/10/2015 at 13:30

never heard of 319s being called fabulous, takes all sorts i guess, they coming out of ZN1 ex works condition so i guess they do look quite sexy at the moment...give it a few months they will bed in nicely, and start causing mischeif for the depot and crews alike,, as for cleanest depot, When clacton was an operational depot it was also very very clean

Andrew Gwilt   16/10/2015 at 16:56

Most of the Class 319's that Northern Rail and 4 Class 319's for London Midland have had their DC conductor shoebox removed so that they can operate on AC 25kv OHL.

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