Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa electrification project is part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). Gruppo Bonomi and its UK partner PACE Networks worked to deliver the next phase of electrification of central Scotland’s railway.
Route capacity will be increased by 30%, bringing journey times down to 42 minutes.
The project followed on from the electrification of Rutherglen to Coatbridge section. OMNIA prevailed over the competition by demonstrating clear advantages in the whole of life costs and improved safety through significantly less time working at height.
The OMNIA cantilever’s alloy construction provides a 40% weight reduction over standard cantilevers.
OMNIA facilitated significant cost savings, providing simple geometry and reach adjustments while reducing the number of tools required from 5 to 2, significant components from 12 to 5, and the number of nuts needing tightening from 30 to 6.
Energised in May 2018, the first section of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa (SDA) electrification project completed covers 26 single track kilometres between Greenhill, Larbert and Polmont junctions and includes Falkirk Grahamston and Camelon stations.
Due to completion on schedule in December 2018. Phase two extends the route through to Dumblane in the north and Alloa in the east, with an additional 2,000 OMNIA cantilevers completing the route length of 150 single track kilometres.
Gruppo Bonomi, working in partnership with its UK distributor PACE Networks and the contractor, provided project support and OMNIA cantilever material supply. The project successfully trialled the Gruppo Bonomi lean and flexible ordering process, with OMNIA supplied and warehoused in sub-assembly form.
This approach provided increased flexibility, less risk when ordering against incomplete design and streamlined stock management.
Gruppo Bonomi and PACE Networks profiled the track plans to provide UK based emergency stock to match the predicted material requirements. As the project neared completion, Gruppo Bonomi and PACE Networks supplied sub-assemblies on short notice to maximise possession access and the minimise projection cost.
Railway-News magazine Issue 3, September 2022: Gruppo Bonomi – A Key Player in Railway Electrification Since the Very Beginning.
Bonomi has been involved in rail electrification from its inception, providing innovative solutions in overhead line technology.
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