Ground Control prepare Newcastle Metro ahead of Great North Run
The Great North Run attracts thousands of visitors each year, all gathering in the city to watch some 60,000 runners take on the 13.1 miles across the city.
Named as Newcastle’s busiest weekend of the year with a surge of visitors opting to use the Metro, Ground Control was quick to action to ensure stations were looking at their best for the arrival of the masses.
Ground Control’s works included siding-up trees along stations to allow lighting columns uninterrupted coverage of platforms and clearing all vegetation to 4 metres from track and vertically as well as full site tidy.
Senior Contract Manager, Andrew Birrell chose to spend his day working alongside Rail Site Manager, Owen Haines-Myers and teams to deliver these essential works as part of new Ground Control initiative, ‘One Day in 2017’, where members of the leadership team are invited to spend a day out on the tools with a field team.
Ground Control has been carrying out vegetation clearance works on the Newcastle Metro on behalf of Nexus for 2 years. Contracted works include full clearance working to specification for signal sighting, prevention of leaf fall and ensuring safe access for Nexus staff, removal of dead or dying trees, emergency tree works after poor weather, clearance of specific areas of vegetation for new radio mast installations, 3rd party complaints against specific nuisance trees and tree surveying and reporting for root damaged trees plus stump grinding.
Andrew commented; “It was great to be out working with the team to prepare the Metro for its busiest time of year. We have a big push on safety at the moment to ensure all works are being carried out to Nexus’ standard, and it was good to see the teams supporting this alongside works to meet the client’s technical specification.”