Client: Egis Rail

GRIP3 and GRIP4 project development and design

Date: April 2022

Project Overview

The proposed wheel lathe facility was to be built on a new southbound spur from the dead-end siding (Shunting Spur) back towards the carriage sidings to enable protection to trains and wheel lathe operatives, by the locking of power operated points into the carriage wash road away from the dead-end siding (Shunting Spur).

The works included a new wheel lathe building with locally operated points system (LOPS) for the control of train movement into, within and out of the facility. LOPS was to be interlocked with DPS (Depot Protection system).

A new wheel Lathe depot was proposed to be located by the old Clacton Steam Shed off the unused approach road area from the existing Dead-End Siding (Shunting Spur), towards the current carriage sidings (Up Carriage Sidings) to service the GA fleet including Stadler 12 Car and Alstom 5 Car services.

The Signalling at Clacton on Sea was recently altered (March 2021) by Network Rail which abolished Clacton Signal box with control and indications transferred to Colchester Signal Box.

The LOPS and DPS systems were to exchange a number of functions to control entry and exit to the Wheel Lathe Road. Point operations within the depot was to be controlled by a LOPS under the control of the Depot Responsible personnel.

Feasibility study at GRIP stage 3 was produced for this work and Scheme Plan was produced for final option in GRIP stage 4 along with other supporting documents. Many site surveys were carried out, including Signal sighting reports during GRIP stage 3 and 4.

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