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From Helpringham to Pinchbeck

The GNGE project, described in The Rail Engineer recently (issue 116, June 2014), is moving on apace. During a recent 16-day blockade, fifteen level crossings and fifteen miles of signaling were upgraded with the latest technology – the most delivered so far in a single block of work.

The list includes some splendid names. Crossings were improved at Blotoft (Old Forty Foot Drain), Golden High Hedges, Water Drove (Gubbole’s Drove), Blue Gowt and Cherry Holt, amongst others.

These works were part of the now-completed Phase Four of the project. Phase Two – between Gainsborough and Doncaster (the phase numbering is geographic and not time-related) has also just been completed while Phase Five (Spalding to Peterborough) will take place in late October.

Speaking of the £280 million upgrade project, Phil Verster, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “The GNGE line is an important route for both freight and passenger trains. Demand for rail services continues to grow, and the upgrade of this line is an important project to help meet that demand.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com
SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST. A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series. Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.
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