Construction firm Hochtief (UK) has been appointed to construct Great Western Railway’s (GWR) new train maintenance depot in Exeter, UK.
GWR said that the new maintenance facility is part of a wider programme of improvements to increase rail capacity in the South West, including new and refreshed trains and station improvements.
Furthermore, GWR is expanding the existing Exeter Olds View Depot in collaboration with Network Rail and the UK’s Department for Transport in order to accommodate an increase in its fleet size in the Devon and Cornwall area that will add more seats and improve the frequency of the services.
Located alongside existing facilities next to Exeter St. Davids station, the new depot will offer upgraded modern servicing, cleaning and maintenance facilities required to support the trains. The proposal also includes office and welfare facilities for staff.
Work on the new depot is set to commence this spring and will be completed by early summer 2019.
GWR West regional development manager for west Matt Barnes said: “With brand new electric trains in operation on suburban London services and bi-mode Intercity Express Trains coming to the mainline in Devon and Cornwall this summer, this depot will allow us to expand the regional train fleet at Exeter - providing more carriages, and more frequent services to the area.”
Hochtief (UK) managing director Lawrence Jackson said: “The project will provide local employment and training through apprenticeships to provide a legacy from the construction work and the project team will liaise with local schools and colleges to inspire the next generation of construction workers.”