Other Side of the Tracks

From inspecting and repairing bridges and embankments to the replacement of signaling and telecommunication cables, there is a wealth of trackside engineering work that goes on above and beyond maintaining the railroad tracks themselves. This article highlights the often unheralded but essential trackside work that is carried out by Network Rail and its contractors in the United Kingdom. Maintaining and renewing trackside structures and cabling is a major part of Network Rail's work. The budget for civil engineering renewals for 2009-14 is £1.7bn; and an additional £2.2bn is budgeted for signaling renewals over that time. In addition, £11.7bn-worth of enhancements, almost all of which will require some work to trackside structures and cabling, are planned. Maintenance of civil engineering works, which includes bridges, tunnels and earthworks, is mostly tendered out to private contractors by Network Rail. The work is divided up into Network Rail's geographical territories. A recent bridge replacement project and a signaling upgrade project are highlighted as examples of trackside work.


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  • Accession Number: 01145122
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 28 2009 11:05PM