VGC wins contract on the East Kent re-signalling project

VGC wins contract on the East Kent re-signalling project

IRISH-owned company VGC Rail Projects has signed a new £9.3million contract with Atkins for the East Kent Re-signalling Phase 2 project.

Running until July 2015 the works will replace and upgrade ageing signalling infrastructure from Longfield to Sittingbourne and Higham to Paddock Wood in the Medway Valley.

VGC, owned by Cavan man Sean Fitzpatrick, will install approximately 33km of cable routes and under track crossings for power, data and telecoms cables.

The route works will incorporate 23 under-track and four under-road crossings.

VGC will also provide foundation bases for signals, locations, telephones and principal supply points and associated walkways, steps, hard standings, stagings, handrails and lay down areas.

The East Kent Re-signalling Phase 2 is the second stage of the overall East Kent re-signalling  programme, which will enhance the capacity and capability of the network.

As well as upgrading and replacing ageing signalling infrastructure, other elements of the programme are a new station at Rochester, a new turnback siding at Gillingham and a new bay platform at Rainham.

VGC has delivered other successful contracts for engineering and project management company Atkins, including civil engineering works on the re-signalling schemes at Stourbridge in the East Midlands, and Farnham in Surrey.

“We are delighted to be continuing to work for Atkins on this important re-signalling scheme,” said Jacques Kriel, VGC Rail Projects Director.

“Our dedicated East Kent project management team will work collaboratively with Atkins to ensure that this important project is delivered on time and on budget.”