Vast earthworks job out to bid for £150m rail testing facility

Aaron Morby 1 month ago
Share

The race has started to find an earthworks contractor to prepare the way to build a £150m major rail testing facility at a former opencast mine site in South Wales.

Arup has designed the scheme which will support innovation in the UK and international rail industry, including the testing of cutting-edge, green technologies
Arup has designed the scheme which will support innovation in the UK and international rail industry, including the testing of cutting-edge, green technologies

The Global Centre for Rail Excellence will be the world’s first integrated testing facility for both rail infrastructure and rolling stock.

The ambitious project will see the redevelopment of the 500-hectare Nant Helen opencast site on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons.

Advanced preparation work will require 3 million m³ of earth to be shifted before work on the permanent rail infrastructure can start.

The successful contractor will also provide temporary drainage during the construction phase as well as permanent drainage for the completed scheme.

The Global Centre for Rail Excellence will feature two looped test tracks, one being an electrified high speed rolling stock track (6.9km long) and the other being a low-speed infrastructure test track (4.5km).

There will also be a dual platform test environment, operations and control offices, staff accommodation, shunter cabins and facilities for research and development, education and training.

Following planning for the project this summer, the earthworks package will begin on site in spring 2022.

Click here for further information.

 

 

 

Latest news

Massive Stewart Milne development goes into administration

Countesswells new town now in hands of administrators
1 day ago

Ex-Laing O’Rourke boss to head rejigged BAM UK business

BAM names new chief for combined UK and Ireland businesses in growth push
2 days ago

Robertson submits £150m Cardiff Arena plan

Arena work to start next Autumn with wider Atlantic Wharf regen scheme to follow
2 days ago

HS2 pioneers first ‘box-slide’ bridge over motorway

BBV will start initial site preparation over the Christmas holiday period
2 days ago

Rocks smash site huts as quarry blast goes wrong

Breedon Trading Ltd fined £300,000 after court hears worker was forced to run for cover
2 days ago

Sellafield names £250m HVAC key delivery partners

Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick and EJ Parker Technical Services take first integrated team deal
3 days ago

Cut-price home builds quadruple maintenance cost

Mount Anvil study attempts to quantify link between Capex and Opex costs
2 days ago

Ray O’Rourke to step down from Group Chief Executive role

New CEO Seamus French to join from mining giant Anglo American
3 days ago

TClarke on track for £500m revenue target

Orders surge to £525m setting fresh record for M&E specialist
3 days ago

Northern contractors still reeling from rail cancellations

Firms fear "economic black hole which will have a huge impact on regional SME contractors"
3 days ago

Go-ahead for McAlpine’s £43m Edinburgh concert hall job

Work to start next year on first concert venue in Edinburgh for over 100 years
3 days ago

Miller Homes fined £200,000 for polluting dyke

Court hears details of second incident at same Huddersfield site
3 days ago

Plans in for £60m Stoke goods yard quarter

Bowmer & Kirkland are working on the scheme under a pre-construction agreement
3 days ago

Quinn Infrastructure goes into administration

Rail M&E specialist contractor stops work on sites
4 days ago

Farrans to build £30m rotating Glasgow footbridge

Steel price rises blamed for 40% jump in rotating bridge cost
4 days ago

Brickability buys renewable energy specialist

Materials distributor buys new housing green energy specialist
4 days ago

RSK swoops for Yorkshire surveying specialist

Infrastructure surveying specialist Centara employs 60 staff
4 days ago

Former Amey director takes reins at renamed SSE Contracting

Zak Houlahan to lead Enerveo from December
4 days ago

Bouygues wins £30m Swansea zero carbon office

Firm to break ground in coming weeks on The Kingsway project
4 days ago

Sisk names new UK framework director

Rebecca Hartshorn to take on Scape framework development
4 days ago

Expanded starts work on giant HS2 station box

Construction will see 690,000 cubic metres of clay removed
5 days ago

Builders slam plans for electric car chargers in all new homes

Construction firms will foot the bill while electricity companies make the profits
5 days ago

Kier set for £32m Bournemouth council flats job

Work to start next year on four blocks of flats rising to 10 storeys
5 days ago

Severfield rises with record orders after strong first half

Orders soar to nearly £400m after Everton stadium award, shed and HS2 wins
5 days ago

Plans in for Manchester Red Bank enabling works

Council plans to spend £51m preparing way for up to 5,500 homes on old railway sidings
5 days ago

Triton bags biggest shed job yet

Firm eyes big shed delivery market after Stakehill 185 wins
5 days ago

Driver crushed between vehicles at builder’s merchant

Company fined £180,000 after court hears banksman had left yard area
5 days ago

£610m finance deal for Moda build-to-rent housing

£1.7bn Moda project pipeline targets Birmingham, Brighton & Hove and London
6 days ago

GMI names head for new North East business

GMI completes build-up of new north east team for regional expansion drive
5 days ago

National Highways halts first Smart motorway job

Balfour Beatty's £140m M3 smart motorway job put on hold
6 days ago

Contractor services