Central Scotland Mainline Upgrade

Published 15th November 2022

On behalf of their delivery partner, Highland Spring Ltd., Network Rail appointed Waterman to design the earthworks and geotechnical aspects of a section of the Central Scotland Mainline at Blackford, Perthshire. The scheme was procured through Stobart Rail & Civils Ltd, one of the UK’s premier Railway Contractors.

The new rail interface will create a rail freight hub for bottled water specialists, Highland Spring, allowing transportation of 90% of their product by rail. This will dramatically reduce the number of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) in operation, slashing their distribution carbon footprint.

Our experts provided a range of specialist services in support of the scheme. We delivered the design of the civil elements and PWay earthworks, including foundations and retaining solutions, and provided site supervision during construction. In addition, we completed Network Rail Forms 1 to 3 and ensured their certification.

Within a very tight deadline driven by fixed possession dates, we worked closely with Network Rail’s asset team, using observational techniques for the design of the earthworks and integrating a series of pre-designed solutions. We also established and maintained a site-based data feedback loop to the office design team as the works progressed, often during nightshifts.

Client: Stobart Rail