Network Rail Sunderland Emergency Works

On Saturday 23rd May @ 10am our Contracts Manager took a call from the NWR Programs Manager enquiring whether we had 3 MEWPs (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms) available for an emergency job in Sunderland.

The work was to take place that evening and would require planning from the Readypower POS team. The Readypower On-Call Manager made an assessment to ensure resource was available to both plan the works and deliver and operate the machinery. It was confirmed that this was available, and the On-Call Manager confirmed to Network Rail within an hour that we would be able to help.

Readypower then deployed a POS manager to site to undertake a site-specific risk assessment and the logistics team planned the delivery of the machines and the programming of the staff.

The MEWPs were delivered to site by 8pm on the 23rd May and all staff arrived on time ready to start at 10pm.

NWR got the 3 Readypower MEWPs on track and reviewed the damage that had been caused when a freight train’s door had become dislodged and ripped down circa 100 metres of overhead wires including supporting brackets inside the Sunderland North tunnel . Due to the extent of the damage we were looking at a bigger job than first anticipated and needed to supply additional machines and staff to get the work completed and the line handed back.

Taking into account the damage caused, the Readypower team provided an additional 2 MEWPs, 1 RRV with a trailer and A Frame to run the overhead wires ready for evening work on Sunday 24th May. Works continued through to Sunday 31st May.

Due to our team reacting quickly and having the resources in house to mobilise efficiently, we gained positive feedback and a huge thank you from the NWR Programs Manager and the Newcastle NWR teams. We are delighted to be given this opportunity and glad that we could support NWR Sunderland on this occasion.

Photos supplied by Joshua Carney.