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Feltham Re-signalling Programme – Phase 1 & 2 Civils

Civils Design

Project Value: £18.2m

Project Commenced: June 2019

Project Completed: Ongoing


About the Project

The Feltham Re-signalling area covers over 500 life expired assets on a key commuter route into London which has seen a dramatic increase of use with more than 1.2 million annual journeys, up from 0.7 million only ten years ago. Feltham area signalling dates from 1974 and it was high-time that it was replaced – re-signalling had already been deferred and the asset condition was such that further deferment was not an option.

BCM Construction were awarded the Principal Contractor role for the Design and Construction of the full civil engineering scope of works for the Feltham Resignalling Project Phase 2 and residual Phase 1. This multi-disciplinary project covers over 60 track miles in total.


The Objective

The civils scope relating to Phase 1 & 2 forms part of a series of projects on the Feltham re-signalling programme where BCM must support the introduction of a new signalling system across South- West London covering level crossings, depots, station and trackside civils works. Over 350 separate civils assets will need to be constructed by Easter 2022 completed in line with the overall programme such that signalling upgrades can proceed and resultant benefits to passengers can be realised.


The Challenges

The sheer geographic spread, amount of assets and limited access to railway has led to a logistical challenge for programme, resource and management across the Project. As many as 10 teams are deployed every week spread across the Project from Frimley to Richmond.


The Solutions

BCM Construction deployed a multi-disciplinary workforce, including rail, civil and structural installation expertise, along with in-house project management who have previously delivered time-pressurised re-signalling schemes. This experienced team provided an effective and efficient delivery solution and works have been fully completed to meet the client’s requirements. We utilised our Sister company CrewIT, to provide highly skilled labour resources managed by our BCM project team. Our tight hold on the programme and collaborative behaviour with Network Rail allowed the programme not just to be met but beaten realising benefits for all parties. Our deep understanding of the possession planning process has led to an efficient track access strategy with minimal disruption to the operational railway and travelling public.


The Deliverables

  • Over 350 separate Civils assets
  • Civils design for URX’s, piled foundations, concrete foundations, signal posts & gantries, cable route, platform duct route
  • 38km Cable route, new and renovated
  • 2km Platform Duct Route
  • 25no. Under track crossings & under road crossings
  • 7km Ballast board retaining walls
  • 95no. Signal Foundations (in-situ, piled and pre-cast)
  • 101no. Erecting signal structures
  • 230no. Laydown areas and walkways
  • 12no. Signalling power point bases and compounds
  • 71no. Location case bases


Outputs and Benefits:

Programme: To ensure we deliver to the programme, we broke the project down into assets sets, enabling BCM to concentrate on delivering manageable scopes of work.

Collaboration: Working with Network Rail & interfacing with others to jointly successfully deliver the output for the passengers who use the route.