Whitby Station Platform

Work undertaken

Brief Description

CML was proud to be chosen as the principal contractor on this multi-disciplinary project which contributed to both Yorkshire heritage and tourism. Working in cooperation with eight different organisations, our ambition was to leave a lasting and authentic legacy which will play its part in increasing visitor numbers to Whitby.

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Overview of the work completed

CML was proud to be chosen as the principal contractor on this multi-disciplinary project which contributed to both Yorkshire heritage and tourism. Working in cooperation with eight different organisations, our ambition was to leave a lasting and authentic legacy which will play its part in increasing visitor numbers to Whitby.

The new second platform has almost doubled the number of NYMR trains able to use Whitby station. The work included the installation of 220 metres of new platform, the installation of two new railway lines, a new signalling system and modifications to the electrical layout and power supply.

The Challenge to CML was to deliver the works to the satisfaction of multiple stakeholders and interested parties, and to meet tight timescales to open the new platform in time for the busy summer tourist season.  Disruption needed to be kept to a minimum to the daily operation of the station and its customers, residents, local business and tourists frequenting Whitby as it is an all year-round tourist destination.

Work Undertaken

  • Construct a new 220m long platform, designed to take passengers of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Install over 400 metres of new track layout, switches and crossings to create a run-around loop for the steam engines to move to either end of the carriages
  • Physical works to facilitate the signalling upgrade including installation of new signals, cable routes and ground frames to control mechanical points.
  • New power supply installed to service street lighting along the length of the new platform.
  • New outfall established to facilitate drainage along the new platform and trackbed.

Successes

Working collaboratively with Scarborough Borough Council, Network Rail, Whitby Cooperative Store, English Heritage and North Yorkshire Moors Railway to ensure any sensitive technical issues were always dealt with immediately.

Ensuring consideration was always given to the Listed Building status of Whitby station and its adjoining structures.

Working with English Heritage to procure wrought ironwork for steps and railings to match the existing ironwork already in the station.

As part of our Community Liaison Plan members of the team gave a talk to children at Airy Valley Primary School on railway safety.

We supported Whitby Cooperative’s chosen charity, ‘The Legs for Angel’.

The overall project was a huge success, doubling the number of steam trains running into Whitby during the summer, which has provided a significant boost to the local economy.