We’re delighted that our Ryde Pier project has received a gold award and top scoring site in the Network Rail Southern region Capital Delivery Route to Gold initiative, following successfully reopening Ryde Pier Head Station earlier this year. The award recognises the team’s hard to successfully overcome several challenges including severe storms to complete heavy maintenance and renewal works.
The railway pier extends into the Solent and provides a link to the Isle of Wight ferries. For nine months engineers braved the elements and worked around the clock to strengthen the 143-year-old, 686-metre-long Victorian pier and return the steel structure to its former glory. Much of the work needed boats to bring materials to the pier to give colleagues access to work on it. In total our team replaced 172 metres of track, installed a new weather screen, installed walkways and handrails to the platform, replaced 143 metres of rail bearers and much more!
The project was led by led by our One Team Wessex team (OTW) which is the collaborative relationship between Network Rail and Octavius responsible for the delivery of infrastructure enhancements and renewals in the Wessex route to provide a reliable and modern railway for the travelling public.
The vital works will improve reliability for passengers and has extended the life of the pier for at least another 60 years.
Our team have commenced on the next phase of the project, you can read more about how they have prevented contamination to the sea whilst carrying out cleaning and painting works on the steelworks in the ” Looking after our planet section”.