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IRSE success for RT Infrastructure Solutions 

Diagram Reading CourseThroughout February and March 2014  we have once again made large strides in the growth and development of our directly employed signalling workforce. To create this growth we have utilised the services of our sister company RT Training Solutions, where we have invested heavily in technical, IRSE and safety training courses for our employees. By the end of March we expect to have progressed a further 11 signalling engineers into key IRSE Signalling Team Leader or IRSE Signalling Installer roles, that will increase our capacity to supply to customers such as Signalling Solutions, Atkins, Carillion, BAM Nuttall, Balfour Beatty and Babcock Rail.

This staff progression forms part of our long term plan to keep up with Network Rail’s CP5 spending forecast during 2014 – 2019. Network Rail’s CP5 investment plan shows a spending plan of around £33 Billion which brings home the need for more skilled resources within the rail industry. Skills shortages in the rail sector are expected to cross various disciplines, with railway signalling designers, signalling engineers forming a large part of this shortage.

Simon Jamieson RTIS CEO said “ Once again I am extremely pleased to see the successful outcome of this investment which has enabled our trainers to help the individuals involved realise their own potential within this industry, whilst contributing to the growth of our company required to meet a growing demand. We are successfully achieving a steady upward curve in the number of skilled signalling engineers within our company, through both the recruitment of new employees to the rail industry and the development of our current workforce. We will continue to train and develop our people, and this recent success is a testament to the ethos and values that our company has adopted.”  


RTIS off to a flying start in 2014

Diagram Reading CourseWe have seen the start of 2014 kick off with a continuation in large demand for our signalling services on numerous signalling schemes throughout the UK. After supporting our customers at Xmas through to the New Year on various successful commissionings, demand has come almost immediately from signalling projects at Eastbourne, Oxford, Slough, East Kent, Peterborough, Swindon, Richmond, Bristol, Ffairfach, Tonbridge and Maidenhead.

These projects are expected to continue well into the next quarter along with many other projects that are due to commence within the next 2-3 month period.

To help cater with our customer’s requirements, we continue to train and invest in our staff in both technical and safety critical competencies.

By March 2014 we expect to have promoted 16 further IRSE signalling engineers into higher grades. In turn this will create more opportunities for new engineers to be introduced into our company who will be placed onto an intensive 6 week training programme.


Continued Career Progression for RTIS Signalling Engineers

Diagram Reading CourseOver the last 3 months we have significantly developed more of our signalling engineers by placing 12 existing employees on IRSE Workplace & Competence assessments for either IRSE Installer or IRSE Team Leader level categories.

The continued development of our workforce is in line with our business model of creating, developing & growing our own employed workforce. We strongly believe that this can only be achieved through a combination of strong in-house technical training, worksite experience & a structured mentorship process.

The most encouraging factor of our staff progression is that the required trackside knowledge has been gained by working within specifically designated signalling teams.  By working in consistent teams the mentorship process has been far easier to implement, and in-turn this has assisted the newer recruits in achieving a good all round signalling trackside knowledge.

During this period we have also recently recruited a further 5 trainee signalling engineers to add to our growing signalling workforce. The trainees have been recruited to supplement our core business and will undergo training in 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 rail infrastructure as IRSE Signalling Engineers.



RTIS successfully complete Scottish Signalling Works

Throughout November and December RT Infrastructure Solutions completed a 3 stage signalling commissioning, along with earlier pre-requisite installation works, bringing a successful conclusion to their works in Scotland for 2013. The scheme formed part of Network Rail’s major upgrade of 650v feeder works in the Scotland area.

The overall scheme itself was delivered by Giffen Group with RT Infrastructure Solutions acting as its delivery partner for signalling installation and commissioning services. Utilising its own direct signalling workforce consisting of  Signalling CRE, IRSE Installation Managers, IRSE Team Leaders and Installers, RTIS were able to install and deliver a successful solution. All works were undertaken to Network Rail standards with all equipment, redundant wires, redundant cables and waste correctly insulated, protected, or recovered from the site as appropriate.

During the commissioning works itself RTIS was audited by Network Rail and was commended for their well planned, well executed and safe working practices.

The background of the renewals programme itself is down to a large amount of existing 650v feeder cables that were around 40 years old and in poor condition. The cables had suffered a number of faults over the years, mainly due to rodent damage and this had resulted in operational delay minutes to both TOC & FOC. The feeders affected as part of this project were Grantshouse Feeder 3 and Linlithgow Feeder A, covering a route mileage of over 24,000 metres.

The vast majority of the existing cables were non-armoured two core insulated aluminium/copper cables. The new 650v power supply feeder arrangement incorporated new enhanced Class II unarmoured two core cable, that was terminated in new E&P half location FSPs (Functional Supply Point) fitted with Class II switchgear and Class II hybrid transformers / rectifiers. New 110v A.C. and 120v D.C. power supply cables were provided from the new FSP to the existing signalling locations.

Activities undertaken:            Management and supervision of all signalling trackside works

                                                Provision of Signalling CRE to oversee project deliverables

                                                Production of Work Package Plans, Task briefing, HSQE and SSOW

                                                Installation of signalling cables/wires and 650v transformers

                                                Preparation of Master Test & Commissioning Plan

                                                3 Stage Test & Commissioning of all effected signalling equipment

                                                Recovery of all redundant signalling equipment 


New Signalling Maintenance Contract

DB SchenkerOn 1st November 2013 RT Infrastructure Solutions Ltd commenced a new signalling maintenance contract (on behalf of DB Schenker) which adds to our growing list of depots around the UK. The contact supports DP World’s new multi-million pound investment at its rail port terminal in Basildon, more commonly known as the London Gateway Project.

RT Infrastructure Solutions signalling maintenance framework includes a 24/7 365 days a year fault call-out service to DB Schenker. This facility ensures that any faults that occur with the new signalling system will be rectified as soon as possible to keep operations running as smoothly and efficiently at all times. All signalling assets, including that of a fully operational level crossing will be maintained and supported to Network Rail specifications.

London Gateway Port is located in the south of the county of Essex in the UK. The upgrades to the port were completed in the fourth quarter of 2013 and is part of a £1.5 billion project to build the UK’s first 21st century major multi-modal deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. The site will host a Marks & Spencer 900,000 square foot distribution centre, which is just 25 miles from Central London. London Gateway’s logistics park will be Europe’s largest and will see deep-sea cargo sent directly to the market from distribution centres at London Gateway, removing the time and cost associated with movement of goods via inland distribution centres.

The port will provide unrivalled shipping and logistics access to the south east of England, the ultimate destination for many of the goods imported to the UK.

25 to 30 percent of all freight will be transported by rail, as London Gateway will have a new rail hub with terminals in both the port and logistics park. As a result, businesses will benefit from more cost-effective supply chain operation.

Analysts have estimated 65 million road freight miles every year will be saved, as many goods will no longer need to be transported from deep-sea ports to inland distribution centres. Instead, goods will flow quickly and easily from London Gateway port to the logistics park before distribution directly to shops and homes. The new port will bring over 12,000 new jobs to the area.