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         were already in contact with Modulift   work  Rail’s signal upgrade project at   between three and four metres of the live
         and were able to accelerate the buying   Copley Village, near Halifax.  railway and the access route meant turn-
         process.  The  lift will  live  long  in  the   RRS was given a scope of work by   ing left on a very tight crossroads.”
         memory as the day after [16 February]   electrical company Kent Group (UK)   In fact, the tractor and trailer were
         was a national celebration to mark 100   Ltd., based approx. 60 miles south of   selected principally to keep the overall
         years of Lithuania’s independence and   the  jobsite  in  Mansfield,  which  was   length of the vehicles as short as pos-
         we were lucky the beam arrived in time   delivering the 14.6m-long, 3m-wide,   sible, mindful of one particularly tight
         so we avoided working on such an im-  and 3.1m-high PSP for Siemens to ex-  junction en route. Extensive planning
         portant day for the country.”      ecute a crucial phase of the project.   and several site meetings prior to the
           Strele  has  an  extensive  fleet  of  mo-  RRS chose a Volvo three-axle tractor   job  stood  the  RRS  team—comprising
         bile cranes at yards in Lithuania, Lat-  unit  with  a  Nooteboom  four-axle  ex-  two  lorry  drivers,  two  escort  drivers,
         via, Estonia, and Sweden.          tending semi low loader, and 300t ca-  and four  riggers—in  good stead, but
                                            pacity Hydra-Slide HT300 hydraulic   daily conference calls up to 6pm on the
         Skidding in the Snow               skidding system.                   (Saturday) night before the job were re-
           Portsmouth, UK-based lifting, trans-  The transport equipment was uti-  quired owing to the weather.
         port and storage specialist Rapid   lized to collect the PSP from Kent   Green signal
         Response Solutions  (RRS) combined   Group and deliver it to the site, before   Barber said: “On the day of the move
         transport and hydraulic skidding so-  the heavy track system skidded it into   we all met up at Siemens’ office for an
         lutions to defy heavy UK snowfall and   position  alongside the  railway.  Paul   induction and site brief. Once the brief
         deliver a 25t  principal supply point   Barber, managing director at RRS,   was complete the install team went
         (PSP), an integral component of Net-  explained that inclement weather was   straight to site to carry out an inspec-
                                            easily  overcome.  Of  greater  signifi-  tion  of the  work  area with  the build
                                            cance was navigating the access route   manager. It was agreed by all parties
                                            through Copley and, once  onsite, the   that it was safe to carry out the task.
                                            proximity of the unit’s final destination   There was a sprinkling of snow on the
                                            to a high voltage power pylon.     ground but it wasn’t icy; the snow was
                                              Barber said: “The first issue the snow   easily brushed away to give a clear
                                            gave was  with the packing;  we had to   landing slab.”
                                            clear all the fallen snow from the packing   The  transport  equipment  was
                                            areas as any remaining snow would have   parked at a motorway services 10
                                            compacted and moved once the load went   miles away the night before. The po-
                                            over it. The final position of the PSP was
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