Project Detail

To meet the demand for training in the OLE system and associated equipment that Network Rail installed on Great Western Mainline, they sought to construct training facilities at the Cocklebury network siding in Swindon.

The requirements for the project included the redesign and construction of the already existing vehicle access road leading from the Great Western Way (B4289) into the sidings. The work included alterations to the existing layout of the dual carriageway, for the creation of the entrance and exit slip roads, as well as changes to the layout of the roundabout at A4258 County Road.

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Client :                 Network Rail

Location :           Swindon

Finished On :     23rd April 17

Value :                   < £1.15m

Remarks :           MECX delivered all aspects of this OLE Training Facility & sidings refurbishment project on time and within budget. 

Smooth Delivery Of All Project Aspects

To meet the demand for training in the OLE system and associated equipment that Network Rail installed on Great Western Mainline, they sought to construct training facilities at the Cocklebury network siding in Swindon.

The requirements for the project included the redesign and construction of the already existing vehicle access road leading from the Great Western Way (B4289) into the sidings.  The work included alterations to the existing layout of the dual carriageway, for the creation of the entrance and exit slip roads, as well as changes to the layout of the roundabout at A4258 County Road.

MECX delivered all aspects of the road construction, including setting out, earthworks, including scraping and grading to the finished formation level, drainage, including ironworks, surfacing, kerbing, paving, and road marking and lining.

Access and egress to the training facility are now provided by double gates at both the east and west end of the facility, while we also provided pedestrian access gates and footways at the western access gate, along with the installation of a security cabin.  Additionally, the work also included the installation of cattle grids at both the entrance and exit slips

Additional Civil Engineering Works

In addition to the highways, MECX also carried out earthworks and associated civil engineering work to provide foundations, drainage and utilities to the following buildings:

  • 3 No. classrooms
  • Storage container
  • Workshop
  • Combined toilet/shower
  • COMM’s/plant room
  • A multi-faith/quiet room
  • Site Security office

The work scope included the re-opening of the entrance and exit ramps, which, for many years had been disused, plus the construction of a new haul road, including path edgings, a hard standing, walkways and access ramps to each of the buildings, and a turning circle for HIAB vehicular access.

Additionally, our work included the following elements:

  • Strip foundations and drainage for the new modular buildings
  • Construction of slab walkway to the front of the buildings, including ramp access
  • Duct feeds to accommodate lighting columns
  • New 30” deep interceptor installation
  • Asphalting of delegate car park, including hatchings (white and yellow)
  • Parking for on-track machinery, segregated from the delegate parking
  • External lighting; landscaping and hard areas
  • New palisade fencing and Armco barrier installation
  • A CCTV system, and security arrangements, such as gates and fencing; space for waste bins
  • Installation of both Rosehill and Holdfast RRAPs

The work scope also required us to ensure the integrity of the boundaries of the site through the installation of appropriate security fencing around the external perimeter of the siding.

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