Richmond Platform 3

Client: Amaro Signalling

GRIP3 and GRIP4 project development and design

Date: July 2015

Project Overview

RfL was funding a scheme, known as the London Overground Capacity Improvement Programme (LOCIP) to extend the current class 378 EMU fleet from 4 car operation to 5 car, with the commencement of 5 car operation on all routes operated by London Overground.

This project was undertaken as part of London Overground Capacity Improvement Programme (LOCIP) to extend the current class 378 EMU fleet from 4 car operation to 5 car to be introduced on all routes operated by London Overground.

The overall objectives of LOCIP were to:

  • Enable five-car operation on all London Overground routes at existing service levels except on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line
  • Extend the usable length of station platforms to accommodate five car trains via signalling infrastructure alterations and / or platform extensions
  • Implement the safe and effective use of Selective Door Operation if a platform cannot be economically extended, whilst maintaining safe operation and planned headways
  • Enhance train stabling facilities
  • Provide passive and active provision where practicable for future expansion of the train fleet to six car configuration

To attain the project objectives, a scheme plan was produced along with other supporting documents. This work was commissioned in two stages and staged scheme plans were produced.

Delivered Projects

We have successfully delivered over 115 projects, on time and in budget over the last 18 years.

Eastbourne Siding
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Shenfield Station
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Jan 11, 2023
Clacton-on-Sea
GRIP3 and GRIP4 project development and design to build a new depot for Rail Wheel Lathe facility.
Apr 22, 2022
Western and Wales
Emergency or Temporary Speed Restrictions are imposed as measures to ensure the safety of train operations and the integrity of Rail infrastructure
Aug 15, 2020
Radlett
This study was completed to assess how best to path down direction freight trains between the Midland Main Line and the proposed SRFI at Radlett.
Jan 12, 2016
Clapham Junction Platform 16
difficulties at Platform 16 in dispatching longer trains led to Softech's engagement to look into Signalling alterations to overcome operational issue...
Sep 16, 2014
Littlehaven
Enhanced platform extension at Littlehaven for seamless 8 and 12-car services. Softech's signalling design ensures efficient rail operations.
Aug 12, 2014
Fishbourne
Fishbourne Miniature Light (MWL) Footpath crossing had a history of misuse and vandalism causing disruption.
Apr 16, 2014
Jhansi
Civils/track/electrical/mechanical signalling items for replacement of turnouts at various station in BINAGC section of Jhansi division.
Mar 19, 2014
Swindon & Slough
Softech provided design support and production from GRIP stage 5 onwards. As part of delivery, the design was produced in 3 phases.
Oct 29, 2013

Testimonials

What our clients say

"Network Rail has hardly issued any error report, this is an indication of the work produced by Softech. Softech seems to be very proactive in following issues and coming back with solutions."

Afshin Persian
Senior Project Manager, Jacobs Engineering 

"Softech are very good at delivering work. Many thanks for all of your help in meeting the demanding challenges faced on the Stalybridge Re-signalling project."

Richard Green
Principal Project Manager, Amey, Uk

"Softech have made every deadline put to them, provided excellent conduct and good working relationships, Softech understood Network Rail requirements and risks associated with taking GRIP4 designs from another party.

Andy Chaplin
Senior Programme Engineer, Network Rail, UK

 "There can be difficulties when trying to integrate a team of designers into both a design house and a running project.
It is therefore a great credit to Softech that they were able to become part of the Gatwick team and integrate themselves so easily to enable the successful completion of the Gatwick project."

Chris Morgan
Design Delivery Manager, Alstom

 "Softech has a good understanding of client requirements, providing excellent service, very satisfied, met all deadlines."

Duncan Lyons
Project Manager, Tata Steel Projects, UK

"Softech understood exactly the level of expertise required. All tasks were delivered in the timescales required some of which at short notice. Completely satisfied with the services provided."

Paul Waby
Signalling And Systems Design Engineering Manager, Alstom

"I am very happy with the quality of work supplied by Softech and would not hesitate to recommend them to other companies."

Andrew Thomas
S&T Standards Manager, Network Rail (High Speed), UK

"The Contract Responsible Engineer for this package of work has done a fantastic job in delivering the full scope of work. The Crossrail Signalling Engineering team has found Softech to be very thorough with their work. The number of design comments raised have been minimal. It has been a real pleasure working with them."

Sean Tarpey
Senior Project Engineer, Crossrail (Network Rail)