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Strawberry Hill Integrated Controlled Track Switches

As part of the safer and smarter isolation strategy scheme in Wessex, RJ Power Rail Limited is delivering a project to install and commission into service two integrated controlled track switches.

The scope of works is below:

  • Hook switches 216 and 217 shall be replaced with 2No. Integrated CTS/NSCD’s
  • De-commissioning of the existing CTS’s on site
  • Installation of a new Distribution board and a pilot box adjacent to the ICTS’s
  • Installation of a Local Control Panel at Fulwell Substation
  • Installation of P2P units, marshalling panel and pilot box at Fulwell Substation
  • Proposed cable routes

The contract was awarded to RJ Power Rail in March 2021 with Ecology and Environmental surveys taking place at the end of May – whereby the site was then set up in the second week of June with welfare facilities and a storage compound at Fulwell Traincare Depot. Enabling works then commenced, covering civils construction, electrical and ETE works, followed by the delivery of the new Integrated Controlled Switches within a possession in September 2021.

Final commissioning will take place in January 2022 once the new DC module at Fulwell Substation has been commissioned into service.

Controlled Track Switches and NSCDs have been introduced to mitigate safety related issues as well as allowing both units to be in the same cabinet which will reduce the space requirements and installation costs. This project has been developed to improve the reliability and safety of the railway network and is supported by fault data and Electrification and Plant (E&P) Asset Policy.

RJ Power Rail Limited Project Manager Andy Gore added: “It is great to be able to be a part of this project and deliver it for our partners at Wessex Works Delivery. Not only is it a trial site for these new Integrated Switches but it is part of the railway evolving to be a safer place.”

RJ Power Rail Limited is a Principal Contractor to Network Rail and provides power engineering services for the rail industry. Its expert team has decades of experience covering all aspects of electrical engineering within high voltage electrification systems, traction power and industrial low voltage distribution systems across various regions within the UK.

RJ Power Rail Limited shares our clients’ objectives in how we conduct ourselves and our business, which has allowed us to develop long-term relationships with both Network Rail and several Tier One contractors.


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