Aaron Rail delivers vital extension project at Hornsey Rail Depot

Aaron Rail has recently completed a project at Hornsey Rail Depot to extend the depot’s buffer stop.


The scope of works at Horney Depot was for the installation of approx. 9m of new rail and moving of the existing buffer stop and extending the concrete slab by a maximum of 12m.


The Aaron Rail team installed 9m of new rail, including new concrete slab foundations and moved the existing buffer stop a to new location and made good all concrete flangeways, installing cold lay tarmac on the friction rails for the buffer stop to aid for the movement of trolleys.


The full scope of work at Hornsey Depot included:

  • Site set up
  • Sawing of cut slab
  • Excavation works
  • Laying of blinding
  • Installation of reinforcement
  • Pouring of concrete base
  • Installation of rail
  • Moving of buffer –
  • Infilling of concrete to rail –
  • Removal of shutter
  • Painting of floor


Hornsey is a state-of-the-art depot, which houses and maintains £1bn worth of new train fleets. The completion of the Hornsey facility in 2016, coupled with the existing building, has created one of the UK’s largest train servicing facilities.


Discussing the project’s success, Gary Rhodes, operations manager at Aaron Rail, said:

“This was an important project for the Depot, which will increase the capabilities of the fleet maintenance team and elevate the need to be constantly shunting the trains to ensure the calibration of the vital components. The team delivered all works safely and efficiently with minimal disruption to ensure no impact to the depots capabilities, much to the satisfaction of our client. A job well done and another great example of our rail civils capabilities.”


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