Client: Network Rail
Location: Ipswich


  • To design a new points heating system at Ipswich Goods Junction to replace the existing that was near the end of its service life
  • The UTX that we were to use was almost at full capacity
  • To minimise disruption to passengers and goods traffic at a junction with 28 switching points and four points heating cubicles along eight tracks used by multi-speed trains


  • Extensive survey work and interrogation of the record information allowed us to complete the design and gain a Category 1 sign off on the scheme
  • Source worked closely with the client to ensure that the design solution was as lean as was viable therefore mitigating the need for further crossings
  • Source‚Äôs Design Management team of Design CREs and CEMs brought their experience to bear on the scheme; working closely with their opposite numbers within Network Rail they were able to ensure the design was fully compliant


  • Category One sign off of the design programme met despite challenges in relation to surveying possessions
  • Client aspirations met in terms of design solution

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