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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.