- April 17, 2020
Rail : Network Rail platform extension project, Liverpool [EK 600]
With two disused tunnels in the way of a huge platform upgrade at Liverpool’s Lime Street Station, it looked like a month-long delay to fill them with concrete was unavoidable.
The project in numbers
2 exposed tunnels too weak to allow heavy plant to cross them
Material needed to be moved 20m over the tunnels to avoid disrupting normal station activity
3 x Easikit™ 600 conveyors (6.4m each) with custom-made wheeled frames and a silenced generator
The plan was to move the spoil from the platform extension into the tunnels and two diggers had been operating at night to minimise disruption during the day. However, when one of the tunnels flooded, work had to stop.
The pile of excavated sand on the track side was getting higher and higher, but had nowhere to go. The tunnels were set to be filled with concrete in a month’s time, but the Project Manager couldn’t accept a delay that long.
Coveya also included some wheeled frames, so the system could be easily rearranged as the extension continued, and a silenced generator to keep noise to a minimum. Within a day, the pile of spoil was carried away and work had restarted with a full head of steam.
When Coveya checked back on the site a few weeks later, Network Rail had only one complaint: they couldn’t load the conveyors fast enough with only one digger! They’d also reconfigured their schedule operating the digger in the evenings to create a large pile of spoil, and running the quieter conveyors during the day to move it all away. This helped to minimise both noise and air pollution, because a generator (powering the electric conveyors) has much lower emissions than wheeled plant. Despite the setback, the conveyors helped to keep the project on schedule for completion.
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