Feltham depot is part of Network Rail’s Feltham Re-Signalling Scheme and is being built in readiness for the revised South Western Railway passenger train timetable in 2020. The new timetable will see an increase in frequency and metro style operations, meaning an increase in stabling capacity is required.
Once built, the depot will provide a brand new stabling facility for up to ten trains, including Bombardier’s new class 701 rolling stock, which are planned to replace some of the existing First MTR rolling stock fleet.
As part of the project, VolkerFitzpatrick will construct 4km of bi-direction (arrival/departure) track and install a carriage wash machine and an automatic vehicle inspection system. A third rail 750kV DC conductor rail system will also be installed throughout the depot, along with specialist servicing and train washing equipment and accommodation buildings, which will be constructed to incorporate sustainable technology.
Since the project began in 2017, the site has changed considerably. Built on the old Feltham marshalling yard in South West London, the investment brings a third of the vast site - 43,105m2 (11 acres) - back into use, following its closure in the late-1960s.
In 2020, the team completed new cabling and track connections , which was carried out during the early May Bank Holiday and have since continued to work towards linking the western and eastern parts of Feltham to the mainline infrastructure, before the new trains arrive.
VolkerFitzpatrick has been shortlisted for the Technical Innovation of the Year Award, in the 2020 Rail Business Awards.