Whitehead railway station serves Whitehead in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The station has two platforms with a waiting room on each and the station is signalled in both directions and remains manned during commuter hours by a Senior Porter, who luckily for the commuters is a fully trained signalman, capable of fixing points and signalling issues when they arise.
Previously the line was double towards Belfast and Whitehead was where the track narrowed to the single track section to Larne. However, in the 1990s the up line was removed from here to Kilroot due to safety reasons, leaving the line Whitehead station as a passing loop.
Whitehead actually comprises two stations, thanks to its history as a railway excursion town. The through station is still part of the Northern Ireland Railways network, whilst the terminus Whitehead Excursion Station is the headquarters of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland.
Whitehead station was originally opened on 1 May 1863 and the Whitehead Excursion Platform was opened on 10 July 1907. The present station was opened in 1877 and is the third station to serve the town. It has been modernised, but unlike many stations on the NIR network still retains much of its Victorian character.
The new Park and Ride at Lynda Avenue, just off the Jordanstown Road, provides 66 car parking spaces. Cleary Contracting were honoured to be involved in this new facility.
Speaking at the launch of the new facility the Minister said: “I am confident these spaces, which include four spaces for people with disabilities, will help to accommodate the growing passenger numbers and alleviate traffic congestion in the area. It will further benefit the east Antrim community and help to attract more people to choose the train.”
Overview of the Project:
Creation of a new Park & Ride facility on vacant grounds adjacent to a live railway line and beside Jordanstown Railway Station. The works included the provision of 66 parking spaces, extending CCTV and lighting, access ramp to station platform, petrol interceptor, new walls and fencing. Within the scope of works we removed the rear boundary hedges of 5 private dwelling and constructed a new brick faced retaining wall approx. 221m long. Working at interfaces of the local residents, Jordanstown Bowling Club, live railway and passengers the project was successfully completed on time. The project was registered with Considerate Constructors Scheme and scored 33/40.
Duration of project: 18 weeks
Jordanstown Railway Station
Design II Architects
This project was similar to the works undertaken in Package l. The works involved managing numerous live sites with day and night working on the Belfast – Larne line and Belfast – Derry line rail network.
22 railway stations on the Belfast – Larne line and Belfast – Derry line
The complete upgrade of passenger services at 23 stations & halts throughout rail network, this involved new surfacing on every platform, the installation of passenger lifts in Lisburn & Botanic Stations.
Internally in Portadown, Lurgan, Lisburn and Botanic Stations new DDA compliant Ticket & Help Desks were constructed with removal of the existing and alterations required to internal offices to accommodate new works, these stations all remained operational for the duration of the works. With both the staff and members of the public alongside the ongoing works, our approach to managing the public and staff were paramount to the works being carried out safely and was essential to the successful completion of the works on-time.
23 railway stations on the Belfast – Bangor line and Belfast – Border line
Cleary Contracting ltd carried out all DDA enhancements throughout all 14 subway stations. in Glasgow.
The works included new escalators, improved signage and passenger information, public artwork and the creation of new ticket offices and retail space.
It includes DDA enhancements such as hearing loops and tactile maps and paving.
To avoid passenger disruption, most of the works were carried out in short night-time possessions and at weekends by the Cleary Contracting team.
Building attractive and high-quality passenger facilities played an important role in increasing the use of public transport, and that is exactly what Cleary Contracting has achieved on completion of this renovation.
Over 2.6 million passengers used the station last year, and this work will provide a new modern, more welcoming frontage to replace the current blast wall, enhancements to the ticketing area, improved retail/cafe offerings and the provision of a new Belfast Bike dock.
As well as supporting regeneration of the surrounding area the scheme is intended to attract more nearby employees to use public transport. Translink have been working very closely with local contractors Cleary Contacting Ltd to complete the renovation works.
1. Construction of sound baffle wall at Central Station, Belfast.
2. Refurbishment of existing office and staff accommodation associated storage areas within lower ground floor of Central Station including revision of internal layout together with associated mechanical, electrical and minor drainage works.
Central Station, Belfast
Design II Architects
28 Shore Road
Cleary Contracting were assigned to offer a number of solutions to upgrade Translink’s pits by renewing, upgrading and repairing all old pits and turn them into a modern well-equipped prefabricated pit complete with a heavy vehicle jacking system which can cater for the wheel base of your whole fleet without the old fashioned bridgehead that was previously required.
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BT8 6RP Project Details:
The works took place within 18 Bus Engineering Workshops across Northern Ireland. The scope of the works involved the full breaking out and removal of the existing reinforced concrete pits, completing reduced dig, drive mini piles, build permanent form work. place Gracie water proof tanking, tie new re-bar in place, erect form work, pour concrete pit floors then followed by walls and workshop floors. New compressed air lines and lighting fitted in each pit. Completed with new painting throughout. The project was completed out of hours and at weekends to create minimal disruption to the workers within each workshop.
Duration of contract: 22 weeks
Location: 18 Bus Engineering Workshops in NI