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Monday
Dec182017

Further depot signalling maintenance success for RTIS

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have added another key depot to our portfolio of signalling maintenance works. The new Banbury depot which was commissioned in November 2017, is one of Chilterns Railways key strategic depots on the Chilterns Line. The depot is controlled using a Tiefenbach signalling control system with points, axle counters, location cases, SPT’s and LED signals all contained within the depot.

The site is south of Banbury station and was formerly occupied by a British Rail engine shed, which ceased operation in the 1960s and was demolished in the 1970s. In February 2015, Cherwell District Council approved a formal planning application from Network Rail and Chiltern Railways to bring the former British Rail site in Banbury back into use after almost 50 years.

The depot will accommodate up to 58 rail vehicles along with up to four Network Rail track maintenance vehicles. It will be used for stabling and maintenance, including routine servicing, cleaning and fuelling, with most of this taking place overnight. However, the site will operate 24 hours a day, with work in the daytime hours concentrating on routine maintenance and urgent repair work.

As with all of our other depot maintenance contracts, we will undertake routine maintenance along with the provision of a 24/7 365 days a year fault call out option to clear and rectify any issues.

In addition to our depot contract award, we started our journey with supporting Network Rail with Test and Commissioning resources in line with our National SWTH framework. This is something that we hope to build on even further throughout 2018, with many future opportunities highlighted across the network.

Throughout December alone we worked on other major signalling projects such as those at Oxford, Thameslink, Crossrail, 4LM, Bristol, Southall and Kettering to Corby.

On the training front we have undertaken many SMTH re-certs and have also continued with the personal development of our staff with more SWL1 courses which have been run through our sister company RT Training Solutions. Going into 2018 RT Training Solutions has secured key training contracts direct to both Network Rail and CrossRail. For both customers the training will be for new signalling apprentices coming into the rail industry and will include courses such as SEM2, IBCL, Fibre Optic Cable Jointing, Diagram Reading, Electrical Principles, RI and SMTH. The courses will be run between Network Rail 's facility at Gosport and our own facility at Ipswich.    

As we move into 2018 we look forward to cementing our customer relationships and to continue providing what we believe is a first class service to the rail industry, both with our on track activities and training services.