Thameslink train

VolkerFitzpatrick has secured a contract from Siemens to design, build and commission two new train maintenance depots at Hornsey in north London and Three Bridges near Crawley in West Sussex, UK.

Under the deal, which is part of the Thameslink rolling stock project, VolkerFitzpatrick will build the new depots simultaneously over the next three years.

The new depot at Three Bridges, which will be split into east and west-side facilities on either side of the London to Brighton mainline, includes a five road, 12-car maintenance building and is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

The Hornsey depot is scheduled to be completed in 2016; the new depot is being built within a live operational rail environment adjacent to the East Coast mainline and the current Hornsey depot.

VolkerFitzpatrick said the Hornsey project includes the co-ordinated redevelopment of two separate areas, including the existing operational depot and the old sidings located immediately to the north of the current depot.

Work under the Hornsey scheme also includes the widening of two existing bridges, a new three-road, 12-car maintenance shed, two carriage washing machines, offices and all associated depot infrastructure.

VolkerFitzpatrick managing director Richard Offord said that the sites where the rail maintenance depots will be built are registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

"VolkerFitzpatrick will build the new depots simultaneously over the next three years."

"The depots are being built with close regard to all stakeholders and communities, in a sustainable, safe and responsible manner," Offord said.

Siemens project director of depots Ruth Humphrey said: "We are working closely with [VolkerFitzpatrick], the train operator, Network Rail and the Department for Transport to finalise these facilities, which will enable passengers on the Thameslink routes to benefit from new, comfortable and reliable trains."

In June 2013, the Siemens-led Cross London Trains consortium won the £1.6bn Thameslink rolling stock contract from the UK Department for Transport (DfT) to deliver 1,140 new carriages.

Under the deal, Siemens is responsible for the long-term maintenance of the fleet and overseeing the construction of two new train maintenance depots.

Image: The two new depots at Hornsey and Three Bridges will provide maintenance services for trains to be operated on London’s Thameslink commuter network. Credit: Siemens.