New-look Kirkham and Wesham Station opens for passengers

Kirkham and Wesham station reopened yesterday morning following the successful completion of a new platform and footbridge by J Murphy and Sons Ltd.

The works at Kirkham & Wesham station are part of Network Rail’s ‘Great North Rail Project’ between Preston and Blackpool.

As well as constructing the new platform and footbridge (which links the new platform to the existing platforms) the scope of works included refurbishment of two existing platforms, installation of 500 metres of drainage and upgraded M&E.

Train passes through the upgraded station

Murphy will also be installing two lifts - while the station operates as normal – during the coming weeks.

The new platform and drainage works started in the summer while the station was still open. As part of the upgrade project the lines closed from 11th November to allow the tracks through the station to be renewed and a new line to be installed by Volker Rail. This allowed Murphy’s project team to rebuild the existing platform walls, replace the edge copers and install new ducting and drainage on the existing platform before renewing the surfacing.

Murphy’s construction manager, Enda Murphy, said: “It was great to be able to open up the line on-time yesterday and see passengers taking a look at the new station. I think quite a few were taken back by all the work that has happened over the last couple of months. Murphy staff have been praised by Northern, Network Rail and our client Volker Rail. Many have been astounded by the amount of work completed on site in the last few weeks amidst very harsh weather conditions.”

The footbridge, which was installed on Thursday 18th January, was fabricated and installed by Murphy specialist business in Ireland.

Paul Mohan, Murphy’s rail director said: “It’s fantastic to be able to see passengers arriving and seeing the newly refurbished station. This project has really captured the ‘One Murphy’ spirit as we called on our many experts from across sectors to self-deliver many complex aspects. Each and every one of the project team should be very proud of their efforts.”


Posted Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Emma Best

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