Success Netted at Wimbledon Depot
Osborne has recently carried out improvement works at Wimbledon Train Depot on behalf of South West Trains. This week, Rail Minister, Stephen Hammond, was onsite to unveil the six million pound investment at one of the country’s largest train depots.
The improvement works have seen the complete refurbishment of the bogie drop system at the depot, including the installation of new lifting equipment and redesigned maintenance pits. This will allow train carriages to have their bogies, the part of the train carrying the wheels and other mechanical equipment, detached at track level.
Wimbledon Depot is already one of the busiest train maintenance depots in the country, with an average of 250 train carriages being maintained there every night. Spatial constraints have required the project to be carried out without interruption to existing services, which has seen co-operative working with other supply chain partners and South West Trains be a key feature to the success of this project.
The depot opened in the 1970s and this is the first major refurbishment since then.