Work begins to support the electrification of the Core Valley Lines on South Wales Metro

30 July 2021 | Van Elle

On Tuesday 27 July, Van Elle and Keltbray commenced piling works on Core Valley Lines in preparation for the electrification of the South Wales Metro. 

Working together with Amey and Transport for Wales (TfW) this programme provides a significant milestone in the modernisation and decarbonisation of the transport network in Wales.

As two of the UK’s largest rail overhead line foundation contractors with bases in Wales, Keltbray and Van Elle bring a wealth of experience to the South Wales Metro from years of successful delivery on major electrification schemes in Wales, including The Greater West Electrification Programme (GWEP). 

David Buckley, Director of Rail at Van Elle, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the electrification of the Core Valleys Lines on the South Wales Metro project. This important work will make it easier for people travel across the Cardiff Capital Region, transforming rail services in the region.”

“I am looking forward to working in partnership with our peers at Keltbray and delivering together for Wales.”

Together, the partnership has the largest and most versatile fleet of Colmar Road Rail Vehicles (RRV) and compatible attachments in the UK specifically designed for OLE piling on the railway.

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About Van Elle
Van Elle Holdings is the UK’s largest specialist geotechnical engineering contractor. The Company provides a range of ground engineering techniques and services including - ground investigation, general and specialist piling, rail geotechnical engineering, modular foundations, and ground improvement and stabilisation services.

Van Elle operates through three divisions: general piling, specialist piling and ground engineering; and is focused on three end markets; residential and housing, infrastructure and regional construction - across which the Group has completed more than 20,000 projects over the last 35 years. 

General piling provides a range of larger piling and ground engineering solutions for open-site construction projects. Specialist piling provides a range of geotechnical solutions in operationally constrained environments including on-track rail applications. Ground engineering services offers a range of ground investigation and geotechnical services and modular foundation solutions such as Smartfoot®. Van Elle has a market-leading reputation and the UK’s largest modern rig fleet of 118 rigs.

Having floated on AIM in 2016 it now has a strong national presence, diversified offering and market-leading brand name.

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