Coombes Civil Engineering

Experts in civil engineering & groundworks

Our civils team provide a range of groundworks, minor civil works and operational maintenance to local authorities, rail, construction, and utility companies throughout the UK.

We have the accreditations, equipment, training and know-how to act as a single point of contact for projects however large, or small.

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Minor Civil Engineering

Our civils team are dedicated to delivering all types of Groundworks and minor Civil  Engineering works, from small-scale enabling and improvement works, to complete compound management.

  • Drainage works
  • Excavations
  • Ground Stabilisation
  • Retaining walls - Construction and Repair
  • Access Paths and Roads
  • Site Clearance

Lineside Civils

Our multidisciplinary team also provide a wide range of rail-specific construction and minor civil work.

  • Soil cuttings and embankment grading
  • Landslip remediation
  • Trough, Duct and Conduit routes
  • Lineside equipment bases and installation
  • Public access ramps, steps and walkways
  • Hard standings
  • UTX & URX works
  • Drainage works including CCTV / Jetting

Rail asset repair and maintenance

Maintaining the rail network is a 24/7 all year-round job, and Network Rail's operations and project teams rely on Coombes to inspect, maintain and repair infrastructure, including signal and location cabinets, tunnels, and bridges, to keep trains moving and people safe.

Coombes tunnel maintenance and repair

Bridges, Tunnels and Retaining walls

Britain's railway bridges were built in the Victorian era, and as such require routine inspections and maintenance. Our services include clearing vegetation to enable inspections, soot removal, brickwork and drainage repairs, and graffiti removal.

coombes arches maintenance and repair

Tenanted / Untenanted Arches

Arches are often lined to provide tenants with adequate conditions, but this conceals the structural elements and any possible defects. Our team remove the soffits and cladding temporarily so the asset can be examined. Once the inspection is complete the asset is restored to its original condition.

coombes signals maintenance and repair


Train signalling equipment is gradually being moved to new, state-of-the-art operating centres. However, until the project is complete, existing lineside signals require routine maintenance to remain operational. We perform regular refurbishment and repairs, including component upgrades and replacements, as well as cleaning and painting.

coombes gantry maintenance and repair

Signal Gantries

Usually, steelwork remediation on gantries begins with the clearing of vegetation around stanchions so inspections can be performed. If required, we can carry out repairs such as replacing corroded decks, making sure access ladders are safe, and installing barriers.

coombes location cabinet maintenance and repair

Location Cabinets

In addition to complete refurbishment, installation and testing of new location cabinets, we can also repair or install trackside location platforms, or PV hardstandings with GRP rails.

Modern plant and machinery.

From personal experience, we've learnt that old equipment is unreliable and inefficient. This is why we constantly upgrade and replace our own fleet of machines and equipment with the latest and best options available.

Not only does this ensure that the quality of our work is the best it can be, but they are also more efficient and produce less emissions, making them kinder on the environment.

Compound Construction & Management

We can handle the entire compound construction process to get you from greenfield, to a fully operational compound, all whilst ensuring the best practicable means to minimise the impact on the local community and the environment.

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Site Access

Construction sites, railways and other transport infrastructure as well as other sites throughout the UK can rely on our expertise in constructing temporary and permanent site access.

  • Temporary Roads & Tracks
  • Pedestrian Track Access
  • Softwood or Hardwood RRAP’s
  • Permanent RRAP’s

Fencing / Hoardings

From high-security perimeter protection to wildlife fencing and barriers, we can plan and install all types of fencing to suit your requirements. And because we’re experts in vegetation management, we can own the entire process, from planning and site clearance to procurement and installation.

  • High-Security Perimeter Fencing
  • Chain Link Fencing
  • Heavy Duty Mesh Fencing
  • Steel Balustrades
  • Concrete Fencing
  • Timber (Closeboard, Lap, Feather)
  • Gates and Locks

Vegetation Management and Site Clearance

As a company specialising in both arboriculture and ecology services, we take a careful but pragmatic approach to vegetation management. Our goal is to meet your practical and aesthetic needs while also enhancing your site’s biodiversity where possible. What’s more, we can do it on any scale: from small, ecologically sensitive sites to large-scale clearances on brownfield sites.

  • Habitat surveys & assessments
  • Herbicide application & invasive species control
  • Tree and vegetation maintenance
  • Total site clearance
  • Mechanical & manual tree clearance
  • Habitat enhancement & creation
  • On-going control and management plans
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Specialist Plant Hire

We not only own and operate a wide range of specialist plant, but also make our fleet available for hire in the U.K. Using our own FORS accredited transport and a team of competent and experienced operatives, we can support one-off emergency jobs or provide a full POS Management Service.

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Environmental Services

We are committed to helping our clients operate responsibly and in line with all relevant legislation. We’re proud to offer a range of services that support environmental and ecological sustainability.

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We're here to help.

To discuss your requirements, or to arrange a site visit, call us on 01730 231 761

I would rate Coombes as not only competent and professional when dealing with difficult sites efficiently, but also a company who are friendly to deal with, put a great deal of effort into getting the job done right, with safety at the core of their operation.

Carl Dunkley
Network Rail