SUREGROUND™ Reversible Soil Enhancement System

REAL Alliance, East Coast Main Line, Power Supply Upgrade – Phase 2

Hambleton Junction, Selby

Rail Electrifcation Alliance (REAL) – Consisting of six partner organisations VolkerRail, J Murphy & Sons, Network Rail, Siemens, Jacobs & TSP

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SUREGROUND™ Reversible Soil Enhancement System

Network Rail          Real


Works were undertaken on behalf of the REAL Alliance consisting of the construction of two piling mats, two compounds and a haul road situated within private farmland. The haul route required a temporary Bailey bridge, installed on cill beams and two points of access.

Soil Science installed the SUREGROUND™ Reversible Soil Enhancement System to enable Murphy to undertake their works at the Hambleton scheme. The maintenance free, Surface Armouring was used to construct the haul road offering considerable commercial savings to the project and negating the need for any maintenance over the two year programme for the scheme.

The site team encountered very poor ground conditions at site but due to the rigorous pre start testing, Soil Science were able to formulate a suitable binder and proceed with works.

The compound and haul road surfaces achieved a strength in excess of 100% CBR suitable for both general works traffic and the specific on site plant. Two piling mats were also installed allowing safe operation of the plant for the bridge installation.


“We have built a 2.4 kilometre haul road and a welfare/laydown compound at Hambleton Junction YO8 9HZ in readiness for the installation of a new Northern Power Grid and Network Rail compound.

We appointed Soil Science as the main sub-contractor to undertake the stabilisation and armouring of the haul road and welfare /laydown.

We found Soil Science to be a very professional company and very helpful from the lads on the ground up to senior management all of the team worked very well and went over and above what was expected of them to complete the works to program.

I found the two managers that were on site were very helpful and came up with good solutions to some of the problems that we faced whilst on the project.

The work ethic of all of the Soil Science operatives was exceptional and adhered to all health and safety requirements imposed on them during the current COVID-19 situation.

As the site manager for the project I will highly recommend that we use Soil Science on future projects that we have coming up doing the same kind of work.”

Senior Site Manager

J Murphy & Sons

  • COST SAVING 50% 50%
  • Maintenance Cost Saving 25% 25%
  • Programme Reduction 73% 73%
  • Vehicle Movements Reduction 73% 73%
  • Associated Carbon Emissions Reduction 70% 70%
  • Imported Aggregate Reduction 71% 71%
  • Material sent to landfill reduced by 100% 100%
  • Stone Layer depth reduction 88% 88%
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hambleton complete


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hambleton site prestart


hambleton soil mixing


hambleton surfacing


hambleton surfacing


  • COST SAVING 50% 50%
  • Maintenance Cost Saving 25% 25%
  • Programme Reduction 73% 73%
  • Vehicle Movements Reduction 73% 73%
  • Imported Aggregate Reduction 71% 71%
  • Material Sent to Landfill Reduced by 100% 100%
  • Stone Layer Depth Reduction 88% 88%

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