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RTIS recruit & develop further trainee Signalling Engineers

Trainee Signalling EngineersRT Infrastructure Solutions (RTIS) is pleased to announce that they have recently recruited a further 4 trainee signalling engineers to add to its growing signalling workforce. The trainees have been recruited to supplement the company's main core business and this is the first of many planned intakes over the next 12 month period. RTIS aims to progress it new recruits through the ranks to eventually become the company's IRSE Signalling Team Leaders and Installers of the future.

The trainees will begin an intensive training program on the 15th July 2013 that includes PTS, Signalling Appreciation, Basic Signalling 1, Electrical Principles 1, Diagram Reading, E.I.S.S, Confined Spaces, Signalling Plant, Manual Handling, First Aid and SPWEE. The courses are a mixture of both technical and practical assessments with candidates learning key skills that will be required for their roles on the railway infrastructure.

The latest trainees were selected from over 50 applicants hoping to become a part of RTIS's accelerated signalling training programme. Simon Jamieson, RTIS C.E.O. said "Our trainees were selected using a combination of both technical and non-technical vocational testing techniques. Our last 4 trainee programs have included people from all walks of life, although transferable skills have been of benefit. Recent programs have included many ex-MOD personnel and we will continue to recruit fresh people into our business, with RT Training Solutions providing our competent in-house training. We expect everybody to reach the very high standards that are expected of our employees."

"We have also been working pro-actively on instilling our company values and work place behaviours into our new trainees. We believe that the extra efforts we are placing on these softer issues will continue to ensure we produce first-class signalling engineers for both our existing and future customers."


RTIS complete signalling works at Port of Felixstowe

As Britain’s largest container port, the Port of Felixstowe handles almost 50% of the containers moved through the UK’s major ports. With 27% of the port's containers then being moved by rail, the two existing rail terminals within the port were working at almost full capacity.

North Pole DepotIn order to cope with increasing demand, the Port of Felixstowe gained sufficient funding to build a new Third Rail Terminal. Work on the new terminal began in the early part of 2012 and this included major works for both civils and railways disciplines.

As of May 2013 the Third Rail Terminal is now fully operational with all civils and rail works completed. The new terminal has a working length of 729m, together with a new permanent way connecting the rail terminal to the existing Up & Down North Quay Line. The rail terminal has seven sidings, a service line and a run around line with a heavy duty pavement area for the transfer of containers to road transport. A traverser has been installed at the head of the rail terminal.

RT Infrastructure Solutions Ltd involvement in the Third Rail Terminal project was as a sub-contractor to Volker Fitzpatrick to undertake all of the rail signalling installation and SWTH prep-testing works involved with the scheme. There was also an additional requirement to install a train over height sensor. The scope of the works required RTIS to manage all of the signalling site activities and to also liaise with VolkerFitzpatrick Construction Engineers.

The RTIS scheme deliverables from a signalling perspective included:

  • Signalling CRE Management and supervision of all trackside works
  • Production of Work Package Plans, Task briefing and SSOW documentation
  • Procurement & Management of signalling materials
  • Alterations to existing track circuits & installation of new track circuits
  • Installation of new signals & Over height train sensor system
  • Installation of new Clamplock point machines
  • Signal Works Prep-Testing of complete signalling layout
  • Termination in location cases and REB
  • Removal of all redundant signalling materials


RT Infrastructure Solutions Win Finsbury Park’s First Recognition Award

In September 2012 RT Infrastructure Solutions Ltd was asked to provide a skilled signalling service to support all of the P-Way and layout changes associated with the Finsbury Park 2A Scheme. Network Rail's priority with the F2A scheme is to improve the bottleneck between Alexander Palace and Finsbury Park, with the bulk of the works featuring around the re-instatement and extension of a disused East platform at Finsbury Park station.

Six months into the scheme, RTIS has been commendably recognised for its commitment to its role and praised for its high levels of service. It has become the recipient of the project’s first and prestigious F2A Alliance Recognition Award. Andy Gallimore, who is RTIS’s signalling representative for the works, was the key factor in this award and the NWR project team made the accolade for the following reasons:

“Andy Gallimore (RTIS) has been recognised on the F2A Project for consistently demonstrating collaborative working.  Andy delivers his work with behaviours fully aligned to the Alliance principles (which include ensuring that actions and decisions are carried out that meet the Alliance objectives), a ‘can do’ attitude and perhaps most importantly of all, all his work is done with a smile on his face. His quotes of “You got to be in it to win it” , “living the dream”, “better to burn out than fade away” and “always a pleasure and never a chore” are stuff of legend and inspiration within the project and a  minor insight  of his positive personal contribution to the wider development of a high performing project team. Andy is a true team player, put together with being a highly competent and respected technician, it provides a powerful mix for all to aspire too.”

Both Peter Webb (NWR F2A Delivery Manager) and Tom Woodhouse (NWR Project Controls Manager LNE) were keen to express how well Andy had performed for the project.


RTIS successfully complete Signalling works at North Pole Depot

North Pole DepotNearly all of RT Infrastructure’s works at North Pole Depot were based around the government’s decision to proceed with the much anticipated Intercity Express Programme (IEP). The IEP programme was given the go ahead in November 2010 and put in place to procure new trains to replace the ageing Intercity 125 fleet that serves the ECML and WCML. The winning bidder for the IEP contract was Agility Trains, a consortium led by Hitachi with a train called the Hitachi Super Express.

After much consultation Hitachi decided to base its fleet within three depots, one of which was North Pole Depot that had originally served as a depot for Eurostar services. The depot had remained dormant since 2005, but had been maintained to an operational level should future need arise. After considering the existing infrastructure at North Pole Depot Hitachi decided that the existing lay out at North Pole would need significant alteration in order to accommodate its new class of trains.

In January 2013 RT Infrastructure Solutions were commissioned on behalf of VolkerFitzpatrick to undertake the controlled disconnection and removal of all signalling related equipment within North Pole Train Depot. This covered any area of over 2 square miles and included a vast range of signalling assets and cabling arrangements. Using previous knowledge of maintaining North Pole Depot, RT Infrastructure Solutions successfully undertook all recovery works within a 5 week period, on time and within its agreed budget.

Activities Undertaken

  • Management and supervision of all trackside works
  • Production of WPP, Task briefing and SSOW documentation
  • Removal of all signalling cables including 650v power cable
  • Removal, recovery & breakdown of 70 location cases & 47 Signals
  • Removal and recovery of SSI signalling panel and technician’s terminal
  • Removal all existing track circuit & level crossing equipment
  • Removal of all cabling and disconnection boxes to clamplock machines
  • Removal of all existing signalling signage & lineside telephones
  • Full M&E survey & tag / trace of existing S&T cable routes
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