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RTIS November News Update 

On the run up to Xmas 2017 we have seen a sharp increase in the demand for our signalling engineers throughout the October/November period, all of which continue to be spread amongst our key customers; Alstom, Atkins, Volker Rail, Siemens, Colas Rail and Carillion. With many Xmas Commissioning Blockades fast approaching, we are continuing to support our customers in the lead up to the Xmas period which once again is anticipated to be a busy time for the rail industry. In Xmas 2016 we managed to provide over 8,500 man hours over a 12 day period and we hope to surpass this figure in 2017 with the same level of quality, dedication and professionalism.  

We are also extremely excited about the news that we will be supporting the LUL infrastructure with signalling engineers for the first time since 2016. Our staff will be working on the 4LM project, which is a long term signalling scheme aimed at increasing capacity on the Circle, District, Hammersmith and Metropolitan lines. The four lines make up 40% of the tube network with around 1 million journeys each day with the new signalling works will allow the operation of 32 trains per hour with a 33% increase in peak hour capacity. The project is expected to initially run for 6 -18 months with further options thereafter.

In addition to LUL and mainline works we have also delivered our own signalling projects where we have completed the installation and test & commissioning of signalling assets at Inverness Depot and also the test/commissioning of new red/green lamp proving activities at 23 of Bombardier’s EBI gate crossings, plus the signalling installation of a completely new Vamos crossing at Stamford in Essex.

With the implementation of Network Rail’s Safe Work Leader (on all Infrastructure Projects sites), we have been pro-active in booking many of our staff on SWL1 conversion courses to enable our staff to work as stand alone teams. At present we have converted 10 of our COSS trained staff over to the SWL1 competency with a further 8 planned between October and December 2017.

On the IRSE front we have had recent success with Jordan Jamieson, Connor Vaughan and Naomi Hoggard Marsh passing their IRSE team leader licenses with approximately 5 other members of staff being ready for IRSE progression in the near future. We are also pleased to see another group of 5 aspiring engineers successfully complete their 6 week training program who will be integrated into our workforce to learn site familiarization whilst gaining sufficient evidence to work towards becoming an IRSE licensed installer.  


Andy Thorpe – Appointed as RT Infrastructure Solutions Ltd Managing Director 

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Thorpe as RT Infrastructure Solutions new Managing Director.

Andy’s progression into the MD role is a natural development in his career with our company's which stems from many years and numerous strategically important roles across our activities.

With over 30 years experience in rail Andy has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in Engineering & Project Delivering , Heath & Safety, Commercial & Finance and all round General Management & Direction, which makes him ideally placed to develop and lead the team in the delivery of the company’s current business objectives through to 2020.

I am sure everyone who knows Andy will have high confidence in his abilities and I would like to thank you all in advance for your continued effort and support in helping him and us all succeed.


RTIS pass ISO 9001:2015 transition audit with flying colours 

We are pleased to announce that on the 26th September we successfully passed our BSI audit which is a mandatory pre-requisite for working with our customers in the rail industry. Approval will now remain valid  through continued compliance through an ongoing programme of monitoring and annual audits. By passing the new BSI transition audit, we have been deemed competent in demonstrating that we have a sufficient and suitable management systems in accordance with the new regulations. The ISO9001 transition to the 2015 standards represent major changes to the standards such as:

• ISO9001 new high level structure
• Focus on risk based thinking
• Putting greater emphasis on leadership engagement and commitment
• Addresses supply chain management more effectively
• Helps address organisational risks and opportunities
• Greater emphasis on client focus
• Increased prominence of environmental management within the organisations strategic planning processes
• Enhanced business risk management

The system incorporates non-conformance logging for all aspects including client complaints, supplier issues, environmental, health and safety non-conformances. There is a dedicated HR section to the system for recording all HR information, including training and personal development plans and reviews.

There is a business risk manager included within the system for recording and reviewing risks applicable to the business. All processes, documents and records are stored within the system and review dates are set automatically for action.

Simon Jamieson RTIS CEO said “No business or organisation can be better than the people it employs, but having a management system to guide them certainly helps that business to succeed in delivering a quality service. With that in mind I am very pleased to have received the news that our team at RTIS have achieved certification from BSi to the new ISO 9001 : 2015 Quality Management Standard in a transition from the old with a 100% score and zero NCRs. I am extremely pleased with another excellent achievement.”



RTIS win Network Rail Signalling Works Testing Framework 

As part of a recently conducted Network Rail tender process, we are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a place on Network Rail's key Signal Works Testing framework.

This fantastic opportunity allows us to work directly to Network Rail supplying our skilled signalling testers in disciplines such as Tester-in-Charge (MOD 1), Principles Testers (MOD 2), Functional Testers (3BL), Verification Testers (MOD 3c) and Assistant Testers (MOD 5). Other disciplines that form part of the UK nationwide framework include G110, SMTH and signalling supervisory grades.

John Marshall, RTIS Testing & Commissioning Director said: "I am really pleased to be able to work directly for Network Rail across the many projects that they have planned for the remainder of CP5 and then into CP6. We have an excellent reputation for providing first class signalling engineers and testers and this framework gives us the chance to showcase our capabilities directly to Network Rail. "



300 up for RTIS 

As we fast approach the end of July, we are delighted to have achieved another significant milestone for our business. We can now lay claim to have supported our customers (along with delivering signalling projects ourselves) with over 300 railway signalling projects since our company inception back in 2012. 

The 300 projects have been a real mixture; supporting first tier signalling companies with major re-signalling schemes, our own signalling project works, Plain Line and S&C track renewals works, HOBC track renewals, SWTH commissioning works, maintenance works, Signalling Project Management support and the provision of Signalling CRE/TIC expertise.

In order to continue our success, we remain focused on investing, training and producing first class signalling engineers and always place a strong emphasis on delivering works aligned to our company values.

It is our aspiration to continue with the high standards of work we have been involved with during 2017, and through a combination of signalling projects and significant labour frameworks we aim to reach the 350 project milestone by the middle period of 2018.

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