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Rail infrastructure specialist completes "major" £30m project a year early

A rail infrastructure specialist has announced that it has completed a “major” £30m project a year ahead of schedule.

Spencer Group, based in Hull, completed the £30m of capacity enhancement works at Stevenage Station a year ahead of the scheduled opening.

The works included constructing a 130m-long platform, complete with approximately two kilometres of new electrified track and signalling, to enable two additional services per hour into London King’s Cross from Stevenage.

Joe Bennett, production director at Spencer Group, commented: “We’re proud of our industry-leading capabilities on complex major rail infrastructure schemes and this project has been a prime example of our expertise and performance.

“We completed the design and build of this project using our multi-disciplinary experience, in-house capability and close partnerships with our specialist supply chain.

“It has been a really successful project and that is also testament to outstanding collaborative working with the client.”

Phil Daniel, Network Rail project manager, said: “This project has been delivered thanks to the excellent teamworking ethic developed between Network Rail, Spencer Group, their supply chain and the major stakeholders.

“These strong relationships and the working practices they have permitted have allowed the platform to be opened over a year ahead of the original planned date, which would have been improved further if it wasn’t for the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The safe and secure way the team has adapted and re-planned the remaining works since the pandemic took effect is testament to the quality of the people working on this project and is representative of the approach seen over the past two years, throughout its design and delivery.”

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