Operational Rail Noise - Old Oak Common Depot

A brand new train depot has opened at Old Oak Common in West London, to house a large proportion of Crossrail’s new Elizabeth Line trains. The Old Oak Common depot will play a key role in the line’s day-to-day operation, therefore helping the transformation of travel across London.

Work to launch the Elizabeth Line is now more than 90% complete, and this is a big step on the road to the opening of the services in December 2018. Supporting new TfL services from Paddington to Heathrow, the depot comprises 33 stabling roads, heavy maintenance and train wash facilities. The building also incorporates environmentally-friendly technology, with more than 30% of the facility powered by a renewable energy system.

Anderson Acoustics played an important role in the commissioning of the depot which would not have been able to open or run without demonstrating compliance with the noise requirements of Information Paper D25 under the Crossrail Act.

Our specialist Rail and Construction Noise team are Personal Track Safety (PTS) certified which allows them to work on or near the trackside and they have significant rail noise and vibration experience ranging from feasibility, planning, construction, commissioning and operation.

The Old Oak Common Depot commission project saw us working overnight and at weekends to meet tight deadlines to undertake the commissioning noise surveys of stationary trains and fixed plant. Rail depot projects are always challenging due to the existence of multiple noise sources and the operational rail environment, made more complex in this case by the constraints of a construction site.

The rapid turnaround of surveys and reports carried out at Old Oak Common, and the close collaboration between Vinci Construction (our client), Bombardier and Crossrail, is a great example of how our team responds proactively with clients and their stakeholders to deliver to a tight schedule.

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Video: BBC.
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