The project comprised the construction of a new railway sidings and associated civils works to link the Client’s glass manufacturing plant to the existing Hooton to Helsby junction line (Network Rail owned).
The project included:
Installation of 1,750m plain line2 nr turnouts1 nr crossover2 nr buffer stopsRelocation of existing trap pointsConnection to Network Rail mainline
Installation of 170m of Geotechnical Solution installationcirca 1000m3 of LECA Fillvarious layers of geo-technical blankets and separators110m of palisade fencing30m embankment walkwaysPiling worksConstruction of shunters cabin and fencingInstallation of various bases and lineside foundations
Installation of 2nr Signal Post TelephonesChange of existing locking at signal boxesNew signal posts and equipmentCommissioning of new signalling system
Despite a short mobilisation period, numerous changes to the design by the client and very challenging ground conditions, the project was delivered to a very high standard for this type of siding and to the satisfaction of the client and Network Rail.
The project utilised an innovative solution to overcome the soft ground conditions by using LECA aggregates. These ceramic pellets are lightweight, free draining, insulating and have a high crushing resistance which made them ideal for the project. Their lightweight properties reduced the direct loading of the track bed, preventing the track from sinking into the peat bog below.