The Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP)
reached another key milestone on October 27 when the
first 1.5 km overhead power cables were run out on the
main Edinburgh-Glasgow route.
Over 250 km of overhead power equipment (OLE)
will be installed in the coming months as part of the
£742m Scottish Government-funded project.
The wiring work is currently being delivered using
conventional mobile elevated platformmethods, ahead
of the arrival of a new wiring train in January.
Running in tandem with the wiring works, engineers
are also working to complete the last of over 60 clear-
ance projects required by EGIP and to deliver the 2,366
stanchions and masts needed to support the OLE – over
320 of which have already been erected.
Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 6 No 1
will of course provide further updates over the
coming weeks when we know more.”
Once the ground had been consolidated, Ellie could
continue her journey.
Over 30,000 tonnes of material were removed from
the 270 m long tunnel, with 1,940 concrete sections put
Back on Track
Following the breakthrough on 25 October, Network Rail
has continued to work with train operators to reinstate
normal passenger services as soon as possible in
Nick Spall, route delivery director at Network Rail,
“Farnworth Tunnel is an extremely complex
engineering challenge being delivered as part of
our Railway Upgrade Plan. Breaking through to
complete the tunnel was a key milestone for the
project. There is more work to do before we can
bring this new section of railway into use. This
will require a short closure of the railway.”
To complete the project Network Rail needed to find
a date when specialist equipment is available, and bal-
ance this with the need to minimise disruption to pas-
sengers. The two stage solution was agreed by the rail
industry after considering all the options available to
Contractors World UK & Ireland