Lee Valley Rail Programme – Phase 2

Meridian Water is a £6 billion project involving regeneration of brownfield land, the construction of c.10,000 new homes and the creation of 6.000 new jobs. Phase 1, building of new Meridian Water Rail Station, was achieved in 2019. Phase 2 involved upgrading of railway infrastructure to enable substantial increase in train frequency to the station.

Delivering a new infrastructure design solution that balanced the needs of a substantial increase in rail services and operations through the station, timetable and budget constraints and the sometimes conflicting priorities of the various project stakeholders. Identifying a solution that aligned and complied with the structures of both RNEP (Rail Network Enhancement Pipeline) and GRIP ( Governance in Railway Investment Projects). Assisting Enfield Council in developing the application for funding via HIF (Housing Infrastructure Funds). Any solution put forward was to also address the triple header – and priorities – of timetabling, technical and commercial viability.

CPMS Infrastructure established a Rail Steering Board, bringing together decision makers representing key operational, government and funding stakeholders. Worked collabora- tively to identify solutions that met all priorities. Drafted numerous Feasibility Studies identifying efficient engineering, infrastructure and value for money innovative solutions. Put forward the option of a new bi-directional passing loop at Ponders End: achieved RNEP Decision to Design, by satisfying all parties with the Network Rail GRIP 2 feasibility study, and successfully secured the next stage of Phase 2 working for Enfield Council.

Services provided
Project & Programme management | Design & Design Management |Planning |Document control | Procurement | Environmental & Consents | Stakeholder Management

CLIENT – Enfield Council
LOCATION – Meridian Water
END DATE – 2024
GRIP STAGES – 1 to 7


“The collaborative approach taken by the CPMS team has been a breath of fresh air – a dedicated and professional organisation with a clear focus on ensuring we operated as a single team in tackling the complexities of this project”  – Michael King, Rail Lead for the London Borough of Enfield Meridian Water
1.6 Km
4-6 Trains Per Hour Target