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TSO completes Plumstead maintenance depot

TSO, working as part of the ATC consortium (Alstom, TSO and Costain) has completed the railway maintenance depot in Plumstead. This depot, providing key infrastructure for the Crossrail project (the future Elizabeth line, crossing London from west to east), is now entering the dynamic on-track certification testing phase, prior to commissioning of the line.

The new maintenance depot will service the equipment required to maintain the line’s railway systems. It also includes accommodation buildings for maintenance personnel.

The depot includes eight sidings for passenger trains.

Work on the new depot began in September 2018 and, at peak times, involved up to 120 employees.

With its multi-expertise teams, TSO and its partners completed:

  • Track works: laying of the ballast track (4.5km) and special tracks (0.5km);
  • Installation of 3.5km of catenary (25kV);
  • Installation of electrical networks (lighting and CCTV): 4kms of cable routing;
  • Civil engineering works: construction of access platforms to trains and 2000m2 of concrete slabs for the storage of spare parts (track devices, rails, sleepers, cables, etc.), road works, drainage of surface water (5km), creation of security fences, refuelling system;
  • Construction of three buildings: a main building dedicated to maintenance teams (1000m2 on the ground, two floors), a building dedicated to work trains (1000m2 on the ground), a building dedicated to train cleaning teams;
  • Training the teams of the future site user.

Gilles Philibert, TSO managing director for major projects & International business, said: “I am pleased that TSO has successfully achieved this new milestone in multi-expertise work as part of the extraordinary Crossrail project. This success, which was appreciated by our client, demonstrates TSO’s commitment and our desire to develop in the United Kingdom.”

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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