Developing a new design of cable manager sleeper, reducing the need for under track crossings, led to a significant cost saving for Thameslink Programme.
Over the duration of the Thameslink Programme, it was envisaged that approximately 200 Under Track Crossings (UTXs) would be required to take cables across the line. Many of these would be on brick viaducts with shallow ballast depths, where conventional crossings might not be possible.
There was a clear opportunity to develop a new design of cable management sleepers to reduce the need for UTX’s and to provide a safe and constrained environment for the management of cables that cross the track.
Once the new product was developed and approved, the Thameslink Programme installed the new cable management sleepers and made a £2.4 million saving.
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