The EMU Platform Extensions works took place from 2016 to 2019 across eleven stations along the Great Western Mainline, Thames Valley branch and Oxford branch lines, including Twyford, Pangbourne, Thatcham, Tilehurst, Goring & Streatley, Cholsey, and Didcot Parkway, to accommodate new longer trains.

Our client was tasked with delivering re-gauging of existing platforms and associated surfacing and drainage, drainage for new platforms including soakaways and Under Track Crossing, repositioning of trackside equipment, OLE isolations, transitions between new and existing platforms, and ducting, lighting and CCTV.

As a Framework labour supplier to Hochtief, Hercules supplied labour to the project throughout its entire duration, supplying highly skilled, experienced and PTS qualified workers over multiple sites, across a variety of trades and skillsets, including Electricians, Steel Fixers, Carpenters, Gangers, Multi-Skilled Operatives, various Plant Operatives, Traffic Marshalls and Groundworkers.

In order to ensure that our client was able to meet their obligation to keep each station operational throughout the duration of the works, disruption needed to be carefully minimised, therefore our dedicated Rail Operations and Resource Teams worked closely with the site team to deliver periods of 24-hour working. We utilised our rail experience and our Fatigue Management System to ensure the fatigue requirements for PTS workers were efficiently managed throughout these periods of 24-hour working, consistently achieving 100% in our RISQS audits.

All labour requirements were met quickly and efficiently, often fulfilling short notice requests and enabling our client to fulfil their schedule of works.

Through the duration of the project, the Didcot, Twyford, Pangbourne, Tilehurst and Aldermaston stations won Network Rail’s Good Practice awards.