Mechan: Traversing the UK
Sheffield-based Mechan is one of the only firms in the country with the ability to design and build bespoke traversers.
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This week Mechan have been awarded a contract to provide depot maintenance equipment to London’s Crossrail project. The value of the contract is more than £1m and will outfit the new Old Oak Common depot, situated in the north west of the capital, with a range of high-capacity lifting gear.
Construction of the depot is being completed by Bombardier. They will also supply the trains running on the Elizabeth Line and be responsible for their maintenance. To this end, Bombardier have ordered bogie turntables, lifting jacks and a three-road bogie drop from Sheffield-based Mechan for the new eight-road depot.
“It is great to secure a contract of such value with Bombardier. It proves small UK businesses have what it takes to compete against much larger international organisations, thanks to our focus on innovation and build quality,”
said a Mechan spokesperson.
With the first trains being delivered in May 2017, the commission’s products will be installed in two batches. The first is expected by the end of 2016, with the second completing the order early in 2017.
Crossrail itself should be fully functional by the end of 2019, with the new name of Elizabeth Line and an increase in the rail capacity of central London by 10%. Of the 66 new trains to be supplied to the local network, the new depot will have the capability of servicing 33.
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