Engineering Integration supported Reading Borough Council throughout the entire lifecycle of this project to design and build a new station on the Reading to Basingstoke line. As a third-party developer, the council was responsible for meeting the CSM-REA and Interoperability regulations and for gaining authorisation from the ORR to place the new station into service.
Working closely with the council, Engineering Integration set out the strategy for achieving the required safety approvals, as well as managing this entire process on their behalf, liaising with NR, GWR, the DFT and the ORR.
Despite delays due to the pandemic, EI were able to work with the station designers and the Principal Contractor to specify and manage all the project safety requirements and ensure evidence was made available to the independent assessors. We successfully addressed all of the assessor’s concerns and issued the Hazard Record and Safety Justification Reports on behalf of the council, gaining support from all stakeholders at regular ‘progressive assurance’ meetings.
"Critical to the success of this project was our ability to plan and get early buy-in from stakeholders, as well as being pragmatic and adaptive to safety concerns as they arose."
James Clements, Reading Borough Council
During construction and commissioning of the station, we were able to ensure that NR and GWR were operationally ready to open the station, working through and resolving last-minute issues as they arose and ultimately submitting the required documentation to gain authorisation.