The Challenge

is a comprehensive programme of improvements to Scotland’s railway infrastructure, rolling stock and service provision.

This programme of work will deliver a 20% reduction in journey times and 30% more capacity, as well as more comfortable, efficient, quieter, greener and reliable trains.

Challenges include the introduction of new technology – Network Rail’s new Series 2 (v6) Overhead Line Equipment (OLE), a very challenging project timescale and incorporating OLE equipment onto 150 year old rail infrastructure.

“We’re sometimes working up against perimeter walls. Working out how you put foundations in next to them – and then install the steelwork - this requires clever engineering.”

SYSTRA is focussed on the electrification work. Major rebuilding work has been undertaken at Queen Street station, with platform lengthening and major track re-alignment. Queen Street tunnel has been re-laid with slab track and has been electrified with the introduction of conductor beam equipment. SYSTRA’s detailed design scope introduced overhead line equipment throughout the station and tunnel areas with all seven platforms at the station being wired.

SYSTRA's Role

SYSTRA undertook an initial phase to assess the previously produced GRIP4. This was followed by the production of the GRIP5 detailed design from Glasgow Queen Street through to Edinburgh Waverley including the core intermediate stations and the entire Glasgow to Edinburgh route via Falkirk High. The Costain team are responsible for the installation of the electrification including overhead line electrification (OLE), foundations, structure, catenary, feeder stations and SCADA.

SYSTRA’s scope of work includes design for:

  • Overhead Line Catenary System
  • Power Supply (limited)
  • Civil Works (OLE supports and foundations and civil
  • engineering works for switching stations)