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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.


RTIS recruit & develop further trainee Signalling Engineers

Trainee Signalling EngineersRT Infrastructure Solutions (RTIS) is pleased to announce that they have recently recruited a further 4 trainee signalling engineers to add to its growing signalling workforce. The trainees have been recruited to supplement the company's main core business and this is the first of many planned intakes over the next 12 month period. RTIS aims to progress it new recruits through the ranks to eventually become the company's IRSE Signalling Team Leaders and Installers of the future.

The trainees will begin an intensive training program on the 15th July 2013 that includes PTS, 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 railway infrastructure.

The latest trainees were selected from over 50 applicants hoping to become a part of RTIS's accelerated signalling training programme. Simon Jamieson, RTIS C.E.O. said "Our trainees were selected using a combination of both technical and non-technical vocational testing techniques. Our last 4 trainee programs have included people from all walks of life, although transferable skills have been of benefit. Recent programs have included many ex-MOD personnel and we will continue to recruit fresh people into our business, with RT Training Solutions providing our competent in-house training. We expect everybody to reach the very high standards that are expected of our employees."

"We have also been working pro-actively on instilling our company values and work place behaviours into our new trainees. We believe that the extra efforts we are placing on these softer issues will continue to ensure we produce first-class signalling engineers for both our existing and future customers."


RTIS complete signalling works at Port of Felixstowe

As Britain’s largest container port, the Port of Felixstowe handles almost 50% of the containers moved through the UK’s major ports. With 27% of the port's containers then being moved by rail, the two existing rail terminals within the port were working at almost full capacity.

North Pole DepotIn order to cope with increasing demand, the Port of Felixstowe gained sufficient funding to build a new Third Rail Terminal. Work on the new terminal began in the early part of 2012 and this included major works for both civils and railways disciplines.

As of May 2013 the Third Rail Terminal is now fully operational with all civils and rail works completed. The new terminal has a working length of 729m, together with a new permanent way connecting the rail terminal to the existing Up & Down North Quay Line. The rail terminal has seven sidings, a service line and a run around line with a heavy duty pavement area for the transfer of containers to road transport. A traverser has been installed at the head of the rail terminal.

RT Infrastructure Solutions Ltd involvement in the Third Rail Terminal project was as a sub-contractor to Volker Fitzpatrick to undertake all of the rail signalling installation and SWTH prep-testing works involved with the scheme. There was also an additional requirement to install a train over height sensor. The scope of the works required RTIS to manage all of the signalling site activities and to also liaise with VolkerFitzpatrick Construction Engineers.

The RTIS scheme deliverables from a signalling perspective included:

  • Signalling CRE Management and supervision of all trackside works
  • Production of Work Package Plans, Task briefing and SSOW documentation
  • Procurement & Management of signalling materials
  • Alterations to existing track circuits & installation of new track circuits
  • Installation of new signals & Over height train sensor system
  • Installation of new Clamplock point machines
  • Signal Works Prep-Testing of complete signalling layout
  • Termination in location cases and REB
  • Removal of all redundant signalling materials