Ashford Railcare Centre
Department for Transport / HSBC Rail
RPS acted as Lead Designer for the largest traincare facility constructed in Europe, providing vital maintenance facilities for the fleet of Hitachi trains.
This world-class facility includes a five road rail maintenance building with a landmark design that houses a state of the art pit-stop type operation, an equipment drop pit and a heavy inspection road plus trainwash, shunters’, cleaners’ facilities, wheel lathe, offices and conference rooms.
RPS provided Architectural, Structural and Civil Engineering and CDM Co-ordinator services for the development.
Additional facilities include:
A 25kV test track
A bio-hazard pit for the safe removal of waste
A tandem wheel lathe
Carriage washing plants
Stabling facilities for the Class 395 unit, designed and built to UK / European safety standards in Hitachi's facility in Japan.