Working on the rail networks

As holders of a Network Rail Principal Contractors Licence (PCL), the Van Elle Rail division, alongside Strata Geotechnics and ScrewFast – the UK’s leading helical pile and modular foundations specialists – are expertly placed to deliver large-scale and complex on and off-track geotechnical solutions.

Whether it’s ground investigation (GI) using our award-winning VE-MOG road rail drilling unit, Circular Hollow Section (CHS) piling utilising our MOVAX and BSP Impact Hammers, or installing helical screw piles, we have the expertise, and versatile fleet, to deliver successful projects on time and within budget for the rail sector.

Specialists at Van Elle Rail deliver outstanding results for customers on civil, construction, building and infrastructure projects throughout the UK’s rail network.

We offer a complete end-to-end service across piling, foundation, civil engineering and embankment stabilisation solutions. And aim to reduce line disruption for the benefit of our clients and the general public.

Services we can deliver both on/off track include:

  • Ground investigation
  • Design
  • Steel tubular piles – Circular hollow section (CHS)
  • Bored concrete piles
  • Sheet piling
  • Anchors and soil nails
  • Precast concrete
  • King post piles/UC Sections
  • Drilled piles (Elemex/Superjaws)
  • Track bed stabilisation (TBS)
  • Overhead line equipment (OLE)
  • Structure supply and installation (Gantries and refuge platforms)
  • Plant hire
  • Sectional flight auger (SFA)
  • Continuous flight auger (CFA)
  • Helical piles
  • Civils packages
  • Training
  • Signals
  • Platform works and extensions
  • GSM-R structures

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Emergency Works (24 hr)

Our Rail Division is ready to respond to emergencies 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. Through our on-call system we can respond quickly to incidents anywhere throughout the UK.

Our extensive RRV fleet, transport division and design capabilities enable us to respond and mobilise quickly to meet your needs, anywhere in the country.

Rail 24/7 call out: +44 (0) 1773 814320

Some of the services provided:

  • Sheet piling for embankment slippages
  • Excavation and materials handling
  • Provision of safety critical staff
  • King post wall installation
  • CHS Piles for structures
  • Installation of structures and heavy lifting

On-track emergency works case study

From ground investigation and design, to the installation of a permanent sheet piled retaining wall and rebuilding a failed embankment, our team worked around the clock to enable the quick re-opening of a railway line in Newington in the South East.

Click the image below to read all about the Newington emergency works.

Panoramic photo of Van Elle rig on the railway after carrying out emergency on-track sheet piling