Scottish Transport awards 2015

The AmeySersa S&C Northern Alliance was awarded winner of Most Innovative Transport Project of the Year at the Scottish Transport awards 2015 for our work in Craigintenny, near Edinburgh.

The award recognised the innovative technology we have brought in through our partnership with with Network Rail and our joint venture with Europe’s most comprehensive rail technology company Rhomberg Sersa. The joint venture contract covers two-thirds of S&C renewals in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

The work in Craigintenny in October 2014, saw the team working around the clock on a key section of the East Coast Mainline, reopening at its full line speed of 90mph after renewal works - an 80% increase over the usual return to service speed of 50mph and the first time this had been achieved in the UK.

For train operators and commuters this meant that the vital link to other parts of Scotland, Yorkshire, the North East of England, London and the South wasn’t subject to the delays it would have faced if speed restrictions had been in place. Journeys were able to be made as timetabled and a knock-on delay to some 500 trains was avoided.

The S&C Northern Alliance represents a step change in the industry by bringing the most efficient, sustainable and innovative track renewal methods from Europe as well as best safety practices in line with Network Rail’s Life Saving Rules.

This new approach has already had significant benefits. It has seen S&C renewals delivered in as little as eight hours and with far fewer workers on-site, significantly reducing safety risks and the duration of network possessions.