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Go west

A flying start has been given by Railtrack to the West Coast Main Line modernisation with the placing of multi-function consultancy commissions with a range of firms. Briefings were held last week to allocate workloads and determine schedules. The arrangements are seen as an essential precursor to a railway spend of at least £2,100M.

The first appointment made - for two years - was to Scott Wilson Railways, in association with Owen Williams Railways. SWR's responsibilities will extend from Rugby to Crewe and include junction remodelling, new alignments, reopening redundant track and general upgrading of infrastructure.

The firm's tasks will not be restricted to permanent way civil

engineering, but include signalling and electrical works. Greater capacity and higher speeds are the objects of the modernisation.

Other consultants appointed to WCML projects are WS Atkins, Mott McDonald and CEDG.

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