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Steel completes for Newton Heath rail depot

Working on behalf of Stobart Rail & Civils, Border Steelwork Structures has competed the erection of 390t of structural steelwork for Northern Railway’s Newton Heath rail maintenance depot in Manchester.

The rail company’s new diesel trains will be housed at the facility and a team of 300 staff will be responsible for routine servicing, maintenance, upkeep and repair, much of which is carried out at night to keep trains in passenger service during the day.

Northern Railway Engineering Director Ben Ackroyd said: “We want to make sure we can get as many trains as possible in service for customers and to do that we need state-of-the-art engineering facilities and expert technicians and engineers.

“Train maintenance depots are the unseen critical element of the railway and we are delivering multi-million investment across the region to improve and expand these operations.”

The depot is one large portal frame measuring 135m-long x 24m-wide, which contains four railway lines and two overhead gantry cranes that are incorporated into the primary steel structure.

Attached to one of the main elevations, the depot also includes a 91m-long x 5m-wide ancillary building that will house a two-storey office, workshops, a kitchen, toilets and a plant room.

The main frame is a twin-span propped portal, with a single row of internal columns running along the spine of the structure and splitting the building into two 12m-wide spans.

As well as fabricating, supplying and erecting the steelwork, Border Steelwork Structures has also installed roof and wall cladding, and doors and louvres.

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