Network Rail publish the advantages of using the MegaTech EPS system
As far back as 2008 the Office of Rail Regulator (ORR) carried out an independant survey which confirmed the MegaTech EPS system provided a direct saving of 30% when compared to other traditional platform construction methods.
More recently, Network Rail have evaluated the time and cost savings and via the Network Rail online Media Centre they have confirmed:
Peterborough was "delivered in just 73 hours including approximately half of the time to remove existing infrastructure and prepare the site, the reduced time spent on site improved safety and has proven to be an excellent demonstration of sustainable delivery with very little waste/spoil generated - and a design life of at least 60 years.
"The work at Peterborough was crucial to our programme improving capacity and reliability on the East Coast Main Line. The innovation demonstrated here has paid real dividends for the project. We need to embrace these new technologies and adopt new ways of working if we are to deliver our essential improvements whilst maintaining an acceptable level of service for our customers throughout our next five years of investment said Phil Verster, route managing director for London North Eastern, Network Rail.
"The construction method has been proven to be four times quicker than traditional build and between two to three times faster than using a steel modular solution. The design eliminated the need for foundations, which contributed to reducing construction time, minimised the risk of buried service strikes and meant less material from excavation."