Recognition for Rail Work as Osborne Continue to Solve Customers Problems
Osborne have received well-deserved recognition for their work to deliver the recent signalling commissioning at Chertsey and the footbridge opening at Virginia Water, as they continue to find ways to solve their customers problems and deliver on time.
The team have been working hard over the last year to design and deliver platform extensions to nine stations on the Waterloo to Reading route. This involves extending platforms by over 100 metres on some stations as well as installing new AFA bridges and lifts at Virginia Water and Ascot. An integral and crucial part of this work was to re-model the existing signalling and track to accommodate the extended platforms.
Additionally, just before Christmas Osborne were given the opportunity by Network Rail to help with the Reading 10 car substation programme. This involved the construction of compounds, bases and enabling works for the substations. It also includes the installation and commissioning of the substation equipment. Despite a very fast start and a steep learning curve the project is proceeding well and is on target to meet the May deadline.
The Reading 10 Car Train Lengthening team successfully completed their last signalling commissioning at Chertsey on 6 March. This was the ninth successful signalling commissioning; and was completed with no accidents or incidents, on time and with no train delays. This commissioning was the final part of the works to take place in order for the platforms to be extended. The Reading 10 Car Project affects the Reading to Waterloo route. The aim of the project is to allow 10 car train services to operate between Reading, Ascot and London Waterloo. The project also includes the route from Ascot to Ash Vale.
The Virginia Water Access for All (AFA) team unveiled a new footbridge at Virginia Water station earlier this month. The new footbridge has wider steps and spans and is fully covered. It also reduces the time it takes to change platforms and access the station. The finishing touches were made over a 27 hour disruptive possession, which also saw the old footbridge being removed. The lifts for the new bridge are still in the testing phase and will be in service soon to make the stations fully accessible for the first time.
Feedback included; “The team have done a fantastic job of building the bridge quickly and safely while minimising disruption to passengers and local residents such as the adjacent care home Sunrise Senior Living of Virginia Water.”