Integrated Multidisciplinary Rail Services

Author: Tess Bircham

Hedson Rail Partners up with Global Rail Construction Limited for Track Works on Wessex

Hedson Rail Limited and Global Rail Construction Limited have formed a strategic partnership, to successfully secure Phase 2 of the Track Delivery work bank on behalf of Network Rail’s Works Delivery team on the Wessex Route.

The contract will see both companies working together to deliver track maintenance and renewals works, initially between October 2019 and April 2020 on one of the UK’s busiest rail routes. Global Rail Construction will be acting as programme manager for the works, with Hedson Rail delivering the responsible engineering and technical requirements.

The works programme, which specifically covers Heavy, Medium and Light Plain Line and S&C Track Refurbishment and Re-Railing, will see the team working in locations throughout the Wessex Route which runs from South-West London as well as from London Waterloo to the South and South-West of England taking in all or part of the counties of Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

This is not the first time the businesses have worked together, with successful track works already completed in the South East – this burgeoning partnership is something that both businesses are very proud of.

GRCL’s UK MD Marco Lombardelli summarised this further, saying:

“As a business, we are always looking to increase our opportunities and saw this framework as the perfect opportunity target. We are delighted therefore, that our PC and programme management capabilities coupled with Hedson Rail specific track engineering and site delivery capabilities were seen as the right solution for Network Rail.

We believe that the right partnerships can add enormous value and will continue to develop existing and seek out future strategic partners, in order to grow our capabilities. We are delighted to add a track arm in conjunction with Hedson Rail to our UK offering, which now aligns our model with the worldwide offering that can be found in both our Irish and Australian businesses.

We are able to design, build and execute a full multi-disciplinary track project by adding Track, to our existing and established successful offerings in Civil Engineering and Building, Power and Signalling.

I am pleased with this new contract and send a thank you to the team who helped make this possible.” 

Martin Hedley, MD of Hedson Rail also added:

“Delivering track projects in Wessex and the South East has been a strategic target for Hedson Rail for some time and we are delighted to have formed the partnership with GRCL to make this possible. We are a local business that know the Wessex route well and in collaboration with Network Rail Works Delivery, we have absolute confidence in our team to successfully deliver the challenging work bank.”

Lurgan Area Track Renewal & Blockade (LATR)

In support to Babcock Rail, Hedson Rail was engaged to provide engineering and supervision support to the Lurgan area blockade. The project scope was to renew circa 1 mile of double line track, 1 S&C crossover, partially renew 2 platforms, infill 2 underbridges, completely renew 3 Level crossings, 1900m of track drainage and outfall connections, embankment regrading throughout and safe cess installation.

The Hedson Rail contingent was a team of 6 engineers and supervisors responsible for construction management, track and drainage installation and project supervision. The service to Babcock was support in project planning and delivery, and it further demonstrates our agility to rapidly mobilise, support project delivery and demobilise in line with programme and budget requirements.

Our team consisted of:

  • Construction Manager
  • Lead Engineers
  • Track Supervisors
  • Principal Technical Officers

The Greater West Program, Wales – GRIP 5 & 6 OLE Design and Construction Engineering Support

Network Rail are electrifying one of Britain’s oldest and busiest railways, providing greener, more reliable journeys and improving connections across southern England and South Wales: London and Bristol, including Cardiff, Newbury and Oxford.

Due to the success of our project engineering and construction service to Network Rail on The Greater West on TVA, Hedson Rail and our expert team of design and site engineers and construction management has now moved west into the Wales part of the project.

Hedson Rail’s “site support” offers businesses, consultants and projects expertise and focus on the interface between construction works and design. Our teams of CREs, Design Engineers and CAD Technicians provide a self-assured service in the review and resolution to both simple and complex challenges that the construction teams face. The dedicated team ensures that the turnaround times for responses are rapid and cause minimal delays to the construction.

The service in Wales now incorporates experienced OLE Project and Field engineering and supervision to support Network Rail and the contractors when challenges are experienced.  This ensures the information being fed back to the designers is accurate and complete as well as reporting on construction works progress.

GRIP5 design review with our OLE design team based on site also forms part of our service and demonstrates our capability to provide a fully integrated service from design through to construction.

As part of Hedson Rail’s strategy in Wales and as our service expands we are working with local schools, colleges and networks to recruit locally and train and develop people within Wales. If you are interested in working with Hedson Rail in Wales on this or our construction projects please get in touch with our resource team at

Hedson Rail commits to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club

Hedson Rail are proud to announce that we have joined The 5% Club demonstrating our support to industry resource challenges and the development of our own people. The 5% Club is an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 300 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers. Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Members are also asked to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report. Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.

Martin Hedley, Managing Director at Hedson Rail, said “We have employed apprentices and offered work experience to engineering and operational students for many years so joining The 5% Club is a natural progression to formalise what we already do.  Hedson Rail has a clear strategy to support the current resource challenges faced in the UK Rail industry by adding to the skills and expertise in the industry and developing within in a sustainable manner.  We are proud to say that over 20% of our employees and consultants have been introduced to the UK Rail industry by Hedson Rail either by identifying transferable skills, recruiting overseas or engaging with graduates or apprentice schemes.”

Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Hedson Rail into membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other.  All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”

If you would like more information about future apprenticeship opportunities at Hedson Rail, please contact our Resource Manager at

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit or get in touch by emailing Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Hedson Rail engaged by ATC to support the delivery of the Crossrail overhead electrification


ATC Crossrail Project

Form of contract:

Professional Services

Scope of works:

Hedson Rail were engaged by ATC to support the delivery of the Crossrail overhead electrification works at Plumstead, Pudding Mill Lane and Westbourne Park, with construction management, engineering, supervision, OLEC3 and OLEC2 resources.

Services provided:

Following successful delivery of the South East Section project, Hedson Rail is supporting ATC on Crossrail with a full OLE construction team. The team are working collaboratively with our client to ensure safe programme delivery and project success. The delivery teams include:

OLE Construction Managers
OLE Project Engineers
OLE Supervisors
OLE Senior Linesmen
OLE Linesmen

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