The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca) has championed the remodelling of Derby station and the redevelopment of London Waterloo station as exemplary projects to be learned from, in response to the government’s “root and branch” rail review.
The contractors trade body, which represents firms which carry out an estimated 70% to 80% of civil engineering in the UK, said that studying the delivery of both projects would help the rail sector improve collaboration between operators, Network Rail and contractors.
Ceca made case for greater collaboration in its response to the Williams rail review, a of the UK rail industry launched by transport secretary Chris Grayling in September.
Ceca said that the redevelopment of Waterloo Station and remodelling of Derby Station struck a “rational balance between disrupting users and improving the infrastructure”.
“In parallel, information campaigns were used to explain to users what will happen and how things will improve,” the statement added.
The £200M remodelling of Derby station has reduced bottlenecks and improved rail traffic flows.
Meanwhile, the redevelopment of Waterloo Station increased capacity by bringing five disused Eurostar platforms back into use for suburban trains.
Ceca rail director Bill Free said: “The current siloed railway structure between track, train and project delivery has driven inefficient delivery of railway projects – leading to higher costs for rail users and taxpayers.
“Some projects break this mould and are delivered successfully. We commend the recent Rail Sector Deal and plans to roll out digital railway on the East Coast Mainline – which point the way to a true collaboration across all parties in the railway.
“Such collaborative working must also go hand in hand with early contractor involvement in order to prioritise the interests of passengers and taxpayers and deliver our much-needed world-class railway.”
Ceca also called for integrated infrastructure and timetabling to allow ready interchange between modes of travel and rail would improve services, improve value, increase rail use and reduce fares as well as subsidies.
Keith Williams, the former British Airways chief executive will examine the whole rail industry, with a particular focus on integrating track and train, regional partnerships and the franchise system.
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