Murphy rail project named ‘most interesting’

A project by J. Murphy & Sons Limited (Murphy) has been given an award from the rail industry for being the ‘most interesting’.

Constructing a new 270-metre-long tunnel at Farnworth with partners, OTB Engineering, has earned the company the title of winners of the most interesting railway infrastructure development at this year’s Rail Exec Gala Most Interesting awards.

The annual awards, which were held at Derby’s Roundhouse on 19 November, are chosen by journalists from Rail Media.

Murphy’s programme manager, Ray Rawstron, said: “As the winners are chosen by reporters who go on site regularly and see the work we do at first-hand, this is a real honour. Farnworth tunnel has been a challenging but incredibly rewarding scheme, and the team, led by our project manager Mick Boyle, showed skill and determination on the job.

“I’m privileged to have been part of this important project and to have worked with such a brilliant team, whose achievements have been recognised with this award.”

As part of works for Network Rail on the electrification of the railway between Bolton, Preston and Manchester, Murphy was tasked with creating a new tunnel that was larger than the existing one.

Murphy used 7,500m3 of foam concrete to fill the existing northbound tunnel, built in 1838. A 9m diameter tunnel boring machine then re-bored the tunnel – taking out concrete, old brickwork and some of the hillside – to construct a new tunnel, wide enough for two train tracks and high enough for electric cables.

The project named as runner-up was Scarborough Bridge and the partnership between companies Story Contracting Ltd, Mabey Bridge and Moore Concrete.

Murphy sponsored the evening event along with Ford & Stanley Ltd, Rhomberg Sersa UK and Taylor Construction Plant Ltd.



Posted 25 November 2015

Engineering, Tunnelling, Rail

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