The Stoke Gifford depot provides a new purpose built, state of the art facility, incorporating a ten car storage maintenance depot and carriage wash building along with associated rail infrastructure and three new connections to the Great Western Main line.
The new Stoke Gifford depot in Bristol is one of three depots supported by the JBA Corporation team that was selected by Hitachi to house its new fleet of long-distance intercity express trains that will operate on the Great Western Mainline (GWML).
The depot facilities are being built on a brown field site previously used by a concrete aggregate recycling facility. This has meant extensive testing and checking for contaminants had to be carried out to ensure the site is appropriately remediated.
As a condition of the planning consent, a 500m long culvert, up to 15m deep in places, is being built under the site to take away flood water. The construction of a 7m high noise bund around the depot perimeter protects residents from disturbance.
The depot is located on a triangle shaped site. The ten car storage and maintenance depot is being constructed on the northern corner of the site with a floor area of approximately 4,950 m2.The depot will include two raised maintenance roads with roof and platform level access and 2.5 tonne monorail hoists. To the west of the depot, a two story building is being constructed to provide office and welfare facilities. Other buildings will house a train wash, wheel lathe and amenity facilities.
Permanent way works including track signalling and overhead line electrification to Network Rail approved standards have also been installed.
Once the depot is in operation, scheduled maintenance work will be carried out inside the workshop during the day whilst trains will continue to be cleaned in the evenings.
At its peak, over 350 people will work on the site during the construction phase. The workforce includes several apprentices from the local technology colleges as part of our National Skills Academy in Construction role.
JBA achieved a reduction in planned and unplanned work hours between ship 1 and ship 2 in the structures area of 40-45% as opposed to the business expectations of 25%. This reduced the production time from 7 weeks to 4 weeks bringing the milestone payment back on schedule.
JBA set up a modern, state-of-the-art control centre that coordinated our response to incidents in service, failures and provided a route to short-term mitigations and long-term solutions to prevent re-occurrence. We also for once had a real time visibility of our resources and the competence of staff.
With the assistance of JBA, we managed to resolve recurring issues, resulting in reducing financial penalties to our customers by 3.6 million year on year.
Having the knowledge of what to do should a risk occur, as opposed to losing valuable time in crisis management proved invaluable in ensuring the Program was delivered on time and to budget - a fantastic system which we will continue to use.
The results go to show that JBA achieved their project brief very successfully...Excellent communication and involvement throughout the process.
In my 35 years of working for New York City Transit, JBA are the first consultants who truly understood our business, implemented real change and delivered sustainable results.
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The railway operator set a deadline to find a solution within 3 months. The solution was identified and implemented on the fleet within 6 weeks. JBA were able to integrate technical and organisational expertise to exceed customer expectations.
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Initially to provide hands-on consultancy services primarily within the rail industry, the primary clients being London Underground (LUL), Network Rail, Metro trains Melbourne, Sydney Trains, Bombardier Transportation, Metronet Rail, BVT Surface Fleet and BAE Surface Ships , where a variety of roles were undertaken from interim operation management, supply chain management, engineering management to COO and Vice President of Operations Performance.
Currently JBA are working with various Rail Organizations in the US to devise methods of consultant support to improve their business performance. JBA Change Management Corporation (North America) was set up June 2017 to establish a firm base for all contracts in the US going forward and to provide a presence in the North American market.
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