Network Rail awarded Fugro a contract for major track survey covering more than 1360 route-km on Wales rail network. The project will see the Geo-data specialist using its Rila system to accelerate data capture and deliver a clearly defined health and safety benefit by removing a “boots on ballast” interface.
The resulting asset information and track position data will be used by Network Rail to support a new train introduction programme and validation of track position on route sections throughout the country.
Rila train-borne survey equipment will be deployed in collaboration with TfW Rail Services on its in-service passenger trains throughout Wales. Operating to the existing timetable removes the requirement to create additional track access capacity on the network. This collaborative approach means there is no need to use dedicated locomotives.
The project includes the proposed and current Transport for Wales (TfW) Rail Services operational and diversion routes including data acquisition on parts of London North Western (LNW) and Western Routes.