Swindon Gantries Completed 12 Hours Early

Congratulations to our team working at White Hart Junction, Swindon for the safe and efficient installation of the new overhead line equipment (OHLE) gantries.

The gantry works over the Christmas period were completed by our OHLE specialist SPL Powerlines and involved the use of 4 MEWP’s and 2 Doosan RRV cranes. Works were completed 12 hours ahead of schedule, without incident or accident.

The overhead wires are being transferred onto the new gantries in preparation for construction of the new road bridge over the railway that is part of a major junction upgrade to support the New Eastern Villages (NEV) Development.

In advance of the programme critical Christmas possessions, a collaborative planning day was held with Swindon Borough Council, Network Rail, WSP, Atkins and Highways England to unlock the programme challenges.

Our customer commented; “I just wanted to say thank you for the work over the last few months and especially in the last few weeks to ensure that you had a well organised operation set up over the Christmas period for the OLE works in Swindon. The team worked hard to achieve an early completion and we appreciate the time out they took to be away from their families, regardless that this is something they do as part of the job. Please pass on my thanks to the wider team and SPL.”

Works to complete the OHLE alterations will start in February, which will allow the old gantries to be removed to make space for the new precast concrete bridge.

A massive well done and thank you to everyone involved for your commitment and dedication to ensure the safe delivery of this critical milestone ahead of schedule.