VolkerRail invests in steel mast manipulator technology for NWEP3 project

Posted: 28 April 2017 | | No comments yet

VolkerRail has invested in the latest steel mast manipulator technology for the North West Electrification Programme.

VolkerRail has invested in the latest steel mast manipulator technology to facilitate the installation of over 1,100 overhead line structures, for the North West Electrification Programme – phase 3 (NWEP3) project.


Working with the company’s fleet of Colmar cranes to install new overhead line masts on sight, the heavy duty manipulators have three-dimensional rotation capability to safely grip, lift and position a number of different structures into place.

The new manipulators will also help increase output per possession, due to greater efficiency. In comparison to traditional slinging methods, they reduce working at height requirements and lessen the number of operatives required in the crane exclusion zone; creating a safer environment.

“This is a really positive opportunity for the whole delivery team; being able to use a methodology that enhances efficiency as well as helping to improve our control over some key risks,” said Mark Jackson, Plant General Manager. “This is a great example of the benefits of early contractor involvement, helping client, contractor and plant specialist become aligned to create benefit for all.”


The investment in steel mast manipulator technology is part of VolkerRail’s strategy to become overhead line contractor of choice, with a further investment of 12 logistic kits also being made to ensure greater quantities of pre-assembled masts and structures can be delivered to site.

The North West Electrification project includes removing and replacing over 11km of track, installing more then 1,00 overhead line structures and 200km of overhead line cable and building three footbridges and is part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan.