CFA Archaeology Ltd was chosen by Network Rail to undertake advance works on the £300 million Airdrie to Bathgate Railway project. The advance works included the evaluation of a number of locations for new car parks and stations, and historic building surveys of the former Forrestfield Station and a number of bridges that required repair and alteration. CFA was also tasked with the job of agreeing the construction phase mitigation works with the local authority archaeological services.
Following the successful completion of the advance works and the agreement of the Written Scheme of Investigation for the construction phase works, CFA was chosen by Carillion plc as archaeological contractors for the construction phase.
The construction phase works did not require CFA to have a permanent presence on site, so a close working relationship was fostered with the different section engineers to ensure that they knew when we had to be present on site and that we were given sufficient notification to be able to provide a properly trained member of staff.
The majority of the construction phase works were watching briefs and these were mainly undertaken on the improvements linked to the railway rather than on the line itself. This included groundbreaking for cycle trackways, access roads, compounds, car parking, and shear and key work along the existing railway embankment. All findings were dealt with rapidly and no delay was caused to the programme.