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Published on : Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Work on the final phase of the Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals project will begin on Christmas Eve. The £300m renewal and enhancement scheme is the largest signalling project of its kind to be commissioned on the rail network and passengers are being advised to plan their journeys ahead over the Christmas and New Year period.
Amongst the team who will be working this Christmas is Zoe O’Brien who joined Network Rail Wales in 2013 as a project management graduate. The 25 year-old lives in Cardiff and is signalling scheme project manager for the project. Her role is to ensure the team consistently deliver to the programme of works.
Zoe said: “This is the final and most complex phase of the project to be commissioned and all the equipment that our teams and contractors have been working hard to install will be brought into use. The team has been working tirelessly in preparation for the final phase of this scheme which commences on Christmas Eve.
“Christmas Eve is like the start of a marathon for us but the feeling of achievement on completion of all the upgrade work will make it worthwhile. I have so much respect for the team I work with, especially all those who will give up time with their families over Christmas to ensure all the hard work pays off.”
James Eustace, senior project engineer at Network Rail Wales from Newport will also be working over the Christmas period to deliver this vital congestion-busting scheme.James said: “I lead a dedicated team of track engineers and most of our time will be on the track with the delivery teams, ensuring engineering quality and compliance, helping solve any issues that may arise and feeding back to the duty management.”
“I have been working on this project since 2010 and it’s been an amazing journey to this point. Seeing that we are making such a difference to the railway gives real job satisfaction. This project will deliver major benefits for rail passengers and we would like to thank them for their patience while we carry out this essential work.”the Valleys this festive season to deliver Railway Upgrade Plan.