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RTIS reach "125" milestone 

In May 2014 we were delighted to achieve a significant milestone for our business by having worked on a total number of 125 railway signalling projects since our inception in 2012. The works have included a diverse range of signalling disciplines that including major re-signalling schemes, signalling support for track renewals works, self- delivered signalling projects, maintenance works, signalling project management and the provision of signalling CRE expertise.

The achievement has been made through the joint efforts of our head office team and direct signalling wrkforce, with a strong emphasis placed on adhering and delivering works to our company values. We continue to work for a multitude of different customers and through a combination of lump sum projects and significant labour frameworks, we hopes to reach the 300 project milestone by the beginning of 2016.

Simon Jamieson RT Infrastructure Solutions CEO said “I am extremely pleased to have reached this level of projects within our business and to have supported a wide range of different customers. Ultimately each customer has reported extreme satisfaction with the level of service that we provide and this has resulted in repeat business many times over. As we move into Network Rail’s new CP5 control period we will continue to ensure we work with pro-activeness and determination which provides our customers with the high quality and professional service they have come to expect from RTIS. At the same time we are continuing to develop new signalling engineers and also providing further technical training  to our existing signalling engineers. I believe this continued investment will give us an even stronger platform for future success in the signalling market.”  



Breirfield Level Crossing completed

As we come to the end of March we have recently finished supporting BAM Nuttall with various signalling installation works associated with their East Lancashire Level Crossing Scheme (ELLC). The 2nd phase of this project was centred around the level crossing at Brierfield, situated close to Burnley, which required various changes to the existing signalling system and controlling signalling  equipment. 

Activities within this project included relay room re-wiring, installation and termination of a new REB, modifications to location cases, wiring changes in Preston Signal Box, installation of treadles and new Lightweight LED signals. The level crossing itself required the installation and termination of all booms & pedestals, RTL’s and yodel alarms which were installed to Network Rail specification.  

As the principal contractor of the main project itself, BAM Nuttall was asked to deliver an upgrade and modernisation to 3 level crossings in the East Lancashire Area along with various civils works that included a platform extension at Brierfield Station. The first phase of the ELLC works began at Low Moor Level Crossing in September 2013 and this was successfully commissioned in December 2013. The last and final stage of the works at Huncoat will begin in September 2014 and are expected to be commissioned In November 2014. 

Throughout both the 1st & 2nd stages of ELLC, RT Infrastructure Solutions signalling staff were highly commended for their commitment, professionalism and high level of workmanship.


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.