Safety renovation

Network Rail complete £600k Derbyshire investment

Network Rail have completed safety renovation works, after dedicating a portion of their spending to enhance the safety precautions at Dove Holes Quarry rail sidings at Peak Forest in Derbyshire. This £600k investment comes as part of Network Rail's Freight Safety Improvement Portfolio (FSIP).

The FSIP is a £20m fund, dedicated to deliver safety improvements across projects within the Control Period 6 (CP6). Improvements from this fund can be seen in the implementation of a safe walking route at Great Heck near Selby, Cliffe in Kent, and Angerstein Wharf at the Port of London.

The Derbyshire project has seen the construction of a new 470 metre safe walking route, with the inclusion of low-level lighting and a new staircase on the embankment.

Oliver Paget, Network Rail’s lead route and freight manager for North West and Central (NW&C), said:

“This project has made great improvements to working conditions for the drivers and shunters at Peak Forest. Previously they were walking on uneven ballast and with over a quarter of a mile between the quarry and the long siding it could be tough going on the shunters’ and drivers’ feet and knees. There was a history of trips, slips, and falls on the site.”

The continued investment into workforce safety will help to ensure stability within the daily operations along specific routes. This creates a positive working environment, whilst minimising unnecessary risks.

Dale Holford, a driver operator for Victa Railfreight, walks an average of 15 miles a day in his job. He said:

“Each train is a quarter of a mile long and my job entails me walking along each side of it, so that’s a lot of time spent on my feet. I lost one and a half stone in the first two months I came to work here.

“The new walking route is amazing; it has made things so much better. Walking on ballast is uncomfortable underfoot and you have to be careful that you don’t turn your ankle. Any improvements like the ones this project is delivering are always welcome.”

Want to know more about the opportunities to become a key supplier to the UK rail industry? Attend TransCityRail and access an exclusive marketplace of buyers from Network Rail, HS2, Train Operators, Major Contractors, and all other tiers of the supply chain. For more information and to secure your place click here

RTM OCT/NOV 22 Edition

RTM OCT/NOV 22

Barmouth viaduct restoration insights from project leaders

Step right up and enjoy the premium content available in the newly released October/November edition of Rail Technology Magazine, packed with key industry insights from project leaders, innovations within the sector and environmental sustainability knowledge. We invite you to indulge in the magazine and hear from the likes of Chris Pearce, Value management Director for Network Rail, Lord Tony Berkeley and Gareth Yates, Project Manager at Network Rail for Capital Delivery. This just a tantalising taste of the great stories that we have to offer, so dig in and enjoy the informative fun. 

Videos...

View all videos
TransCityRail Banner

TransCityRail

Mids \ 09 02 23
South \ 28 09 23
North \ 09 11 23

TransCityRail is a series of regional, interactive and insightful events across the country bringing together leaders, collaborators, problem solvers and innovators in a creative and invigorating way.
 

This series of events supports and informs the whole of the rail industry and connects suppliers with buyers, specifiers, leaders and decision-makers looking to procure a wide variety of innovative products and services for their region.

Podcast

The Green Rail Revolution

Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect discusses the importance of HS2 to the Midlands and the UK, their collaborative work with the Department for Transport, and how we need to embrace the railways again.

More articles...

View all