Electrification and Plant framework agreement with RSAS

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Rail Systems Alliance Scotland has awarded Forte Engineering a framework contract to provide electrificationand plant services across the Scotland rail network for the next  5 years.

Rail Systems Alliance Scotland is a partnership between major players in the rail sector in Scotland including Network RailBabcock and Arcadis. Their purpose is to deliver renewals and enhancements in CP6 & 7. They have a programme of renewals works throughout Scotland including works at Levenmouth and Carstairs.

Works are now complete on a new £33 million train depot and staff accommodation facility at Cadder near Lenzie, including the construction of three new service platforms and night time accommodation for six High Speed Trains (HSTs).  A new modular building to accommodate up to 250 support staff working on Scotland’s Railway has also been constructed to house ScotRail depot staff working on the HST fleet as well as engineers from the Rail Systems Alliance Scotland team.  The Installation and commissioning of the New High Voltage infrastructure has allowed the New Headquarters of the RSAS Alliance at Cadder to become fully functional.

Forte Engineering started working with RSAS in November, delivering 2 packages of work

1.  Domestic Renewal Works

Works to-date have included the provision of signalling power and junction power at Barnhill.

2.  Project Works

Forte are currently undertaking asset and full route survey works on the Highland mainline loops at Tomatin, Moy, Dunkeld and Carrbridge.  

Initial surveys have also been undertaken at Dunblane on station lighting, earthing and bonding, points heating and 650 signalling power.


Derek Riddell, Managing Director at Forte Engineering said, “Being appointed as a framework provider for electrification and plant services by RSAS is a great accolade for Forte Engineering.  We already work alongside some of the other partners in the Alliance, on other projects across the railway industry, and this opportunity further enhances our strong working relationships.”

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