When arriving on site it became apparent that the routes that were identified in the Approved for Construction (AFC) design had been utilised by a 3rd party from the time of design surveys to time of contract award. RJ Power Rail prepared a full report that was issued to the client identifying all the issues in the routes and several proposed solutions that could be undertaken to bypass all the pinch points.
Pre-commencement of installation stage
Due to this being the first ICTS ever installed, a site visit was arranged by Network Rail to the LCS facility in Hove to enable everyone to get a clear understanding of the challenges that maybe faced. During the visit it was noticed by RJ Power Rail that the fixing location for the units were at the bottom of the unit, underneath all the components. This would have been extremely challenging to gain the necessary access and could have led to delays in installation time. RJ Power Rail suggested making specialised brackets that were attached to the lifting points of the units, allowing them to be installed onto the outside of the cabinet. This was adopted and proved successful.
RJ Power Rail Limited completed an ecological survey of the work site before any of the works took place. This identified an area of Japanese Knotweed that we were able to avoid with the installation of the new access gate and walking route. Additionally, the Japanese Knotweed was reported to Network Rail to allow them to add it to the Hazard directory.