GRIP stage 5 (Detailed Design Stage)

Client: Amey Signalling

Date: December 2012

Project Overview

The scope of work was the combination of a re-signalling scheme, the requirement to replace life expired permanent way, to improve the operational functionality and capacity in the area around Stalybridge Station. These improvements included remodelling of the track layout at Stalybridge Junction and Stalybridge Tunnel Junction with the line speed between Stalybridge Junction and Stalybridge Tunnel Junction increased to 50mph and an increase in crossover route speeds from 15mph to 25mph.

Under this scheme, track layout alterations required removing the existing goods lines and provided an additional west facing bay platform and through platform line.
A new free-wired Route Relay Interlocking was provided at Stalybridge to replace the existing electro-mechanical signal box.
Part of the re-signalling project was to provide a new control system for the Stalybridge, Guide Bridge and Ashburys areas located in the existing Manchester South Signalling Control Centre at Stockport (Edgeley) with capacity to control Ashton Moss North Junction Baguley Fold, Diggle Junction, Denton Junction, Dinting and Romiley in the future.

Softech provided the design support for GRIP 5 stage.
Due to the extent of the work, this project was completed in many stages:
• Stage W1: Abandonment of Bay Platform and Ups Goods & Down Goods Lines
• Stage W5: Power Stage for W6 Works
• Stage W6: Commissioning of Signalling to the East of Stalybridge Tunnel
• Stage W7: Stalybridge Tunnel Junction-Recovery of Points
• Stage W8: Stalybridge Tunnel Junction-Installation of Points
• Stage W9: Stalybridge Tunnel Junction- Recovery of Points
• Stage W13: Stalybridge Signal GB846
• Stage W25: Stalybridge Junction – Installation of Points
• Stage W26: Stalybridge Junction – Installation of Points
• Stage W28: Stalybridge Junction – Recovery and Installation of Points

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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

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

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