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RTIS appoint new Signalling Engineering Manager 

We are pleased to announce that as from January 15th 2018 a new RTIS Signalling Engineering Manager post will be taken up by Sam Allen. Sam has steadily worked his way up through the company from a signalling trainee to his current role as an IRSE licensed Engineering Manager. Over the last 2 years Sam has been working on the Bristol Re-signalling Scheme where he has been given the opportunity to show his planning and technical skills in a large scale signalling project environment. We wish Sam well in his new role which will include project delivery, project management, responsibility for signalling maintenance contracts, signalling site support and the signalling mentorship of both SMTH and new installation staff.

One of Sam’s first project delivery roles will be to manage the installation of another new VAMOS user works crossing system at Little Hays on the Southminster to Wickford  Line. The new crossing will replace the current model and will include new wiring alterations, the installation of new Frausher Axle Counters and all the crossing equipment itself. 

In addition to Sam’s appointment we also have 13 new signalling engineers about to start their initial signalling training with us at our Ipswich training academy. Each of the new engineers will undertake training in Electrical Principles, Basic Signalling 1, PTS, Diagram Reading, SPWEE,  E.I.S.S (Location case building including crimping/beading/jointing techniques), Manual Handling, Working at Heights and First Aid . By the middle of March these engineers will be ready to be integrated with our current workforce as they begin their journey towards an industry recognised IRSE installer licence.




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.




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.”