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Ryde Pier Head Station project is rated gold by our customer

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”.

The Octavius Team have a great focus on safety. Total site working hours on the project were 62,000hrs with only 1 No minor injury (no lost time), an impressive achievement particularly given the harsh and potentially dangerous environment the works are being undertaken in (e.g. working at height, over water). The team have also had a strong environment focus, with the site being within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Independent testing to check that no descaled paint contamination from the UHP cleaning gets into the sea water is regularly carried out. The project was also one of the first to use the new Network Rail standard ‘NR/L2/OHS/00130 – creating a site of work segregated from the railway’. This allowed the team to segregate the line on the pier from the remaining operational railway, without a possession, and allowing the use of non-PTS staff.
Gene Brennan
Construction Manager, Network Rail

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