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East Midlands Trains announces £20M depot upgrade contract award

Train operator East Midlands Trains has announced that it has awarded a contract to carry out the £20M upgrade to its Derby Etches Park Depot. The contract has been awarded to C Spencer Limited, a North Lincolnshire based company and work is expected to start on 3 November 2008.

Photograph attached shows East Midlands Trains Managing Director, Tim Shoveller (left) and Charlie Spencer, Chairman and Joint Managing Director of C Spencer Limited at Etches Park ground breaking event to mark the start of work.

The work will see the construction of two brand new train maintenance sheds. This will be predominantly used to maintain the company’s Meridian fleet. At the same time a major upgrade of the existing engine shed will take place. This will improve the efficiency of the depot in maintaining the rest of the East Midlands Trains fleet and provide much better staff facilities.

Since the start of its franchise in November 2007 work on improving the general environment of the depot at Etches Park has been taking place. Much scrap and redundant materials that were around the site have now been disposed in and around the depot of in anticipation of the start of this work.

Specific construction work starting next month at the depot will see the following improvements:

  • Construction of a brand new 180 metre long, three road, train maintenance shed including new stores, office accommodation and staff facilities. This will give increased maintenance capacity at the depot
  • Installation of an under frame wash and extract ventilation facilities to the existing train maintenance shed
  • Refurbishment of operational staff accommodation facilities in the existing train maintenance shed
  • Construction of a brand new wheel lathe shed which will improve the reliability of the company’s fleet
  • Planned completion early 2010.

East Midlands Trains Managing Director Tim Shoveller says: “I’m very excited to see the start of work on this project to improve the whole site at Etches Park. This will bring huge benefits for passengers across our network and also for staff based here in Derby.

“The planned improvements will give us the ability to provide a self sufficient engineering and maintenance facility. This will not only provide us with more capacity to maintain and care for our whole fleet more efficiently, but also reflects that we are a good employer, providing a professional place of work that our staff can be proud of.

“Twenty million pounds is a large sum of money and I am convinced that our passengers will see much improved services as a direct result. Most of our fleet maintenance work takes place overnight on the depot. At the moment the team at Etches Park does a fantastic job in organising the resources available to them to provide us with a reliable service. Building an additional maintenance shed and improving the existing facilities obviously increases our capacity for carrying out this work. I’m sure we will see increased fleet reliability as a result of this project, helping us to deliver a right time railway.

"We are a large employer too and it’s important that we provide proper facilities for our staff to continue to attract the best possible people to work for us. If we want our people to help us achieve great results and help us to grow the business, then it’s important that we get the basics right and give them the right tools for the job. Providing an up to date maintenance facility and improved staff facilities across the depot is key and that’s what we will see develop here at Etches Park over the coming months.”

A further contract is to be awarded on the back of the main contract for the new fuelling and inspection point in December 2008

Charlie Spencer, Chairman and Joint Managing Director of C Spencer Limited says: “We are delighted to have been selected to deliver this project and we aim to provide East Midlands Trains with a ‘World Class Facility’ to meet their customers expectations”.

New depot