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Keltbray piling is ahead of schedule on Great Western Route

11 Dec 15 Keltbray Rail has installed the 250th pile on the Bristol to Severn Tunnel stretch of the Great Western Route Modernisation (GWRM) project a month ahead of schedule.

Keltbray Rail is working with ABC Electrification on Network Rail’s GWRM project to provide electrification of the railway to Wales.

In a five-year contract worth up to £100m, Keltbray has been engaged as a strategic delivery partner to ABC Electrification as part of its works on the national electrification programme (NEP) to deliver conventional concrete auger and CHS piled foundations. Sister company Keltbray Aspire is providing equipment for installation of overhead line equipment.

Project director for Keltbray Aspire, Warren Jones, said: “This work is part of National Electrification Programme for Control Period 5 (CP5), and I’m pleased to say we’re now ahead of schedule to install approximately 1200 CHS 610mm and 762mm piles for Route Sections 8 and 9 between Bristol Patchway and Cardiff by May 2017.”

ABC Electrification programme director Brian Fisher said it was “a great achievement by everybody in the team”. He said: “Our speedy installation methods and high levels of control show we are world class. During the same 50-hour possession where Keltbray installed the 250th pile, we also demolished Farm Road Bridge and installed 40% more ATF fixings than planned in the Severn Tunnel; again significantly advanced the programme.”

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