The primary objective of this scheme is to ensure that there is sufficient DC traction power across Network Rail’s (NR) Sussex Route to meet the demands of the new December 2018 timetable, which will include a newer fleet and more frequent trains, all in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Transport’s (DTT) strategic plan.
In 2016, BCM were awarded a contract by Network Rail to complete the Electrical Track Equipment (ETE) works from Victoria to Balham. Working as their Principal Rail Contractor, BCM have faced a challenging access regime within these inner London sites, working on some of the busiest and most congested lines in the UK. Scope has included doubling the route track feeding cables at Victoria, Clapham, Wandsworth and Balham substations, further route cable doubling on the VTB1 route, hook switch replacements and negative track bonding enhancements between Balham and Victoria.
As a specialist rail electrification contractor, BCM have drawn on their vast traction bonding experience, self-delivering much of the work scope using their in-house ETE teams. As a multifaceted transport infrastructure contractor, BCM has also drawn on its in-house permanent way and commissioning teams to ensure that their contribution to the new higher capacity services was delivered to the project requirements. Collaboration has been at the heart of project delivery, with effective stakeholder engagement to keep the works on track and on budget. The full scope of works will be commissioned in March 2018.