VolkerRail appointed to undertake track renewals at DP World

VolkerRail has been contracted to undertake sidings renewals at DP World-operated London Gateway.

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DP World is the UK’s most integrated logistics hub, based on the River Thames, with two deep water ports, each with freight rail terminals, located at London Gateway and Southampton.

Its rail terminal at London Gateway is one of the longest in the UK, with over 20% of its throughput moved by rail, and over 50 freight train deliveries each week.

The work being undertaken by VolkerRail will provide vital improvements to the rail terminal, and will see teams replace up to 700m of track and a switch and crossing unit, along with the refurbishment of a second switch and crossing unit.

Works will begin in the new year and will be carried out over a series of mid-week working and core possessions, to ensure minimal disruption to the port. It is expected that work will be completed by Summer 2023.

Sam Allen, general manager for VolkerRail’s metro and rail projects division, said: “DP world is a new client, and we are excited to be given the opportunity to enhance their network.

“In addition to track installation, this project demonstrates VolkerRail Specialist Business’ ability to work collaboratively, utilising our in-house capabilities - signalling, power, plant and welding. We look forward to showcasing our capability and knowledge over the coming months.”