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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.”



RTIS win Network Rail Signalling Works Testing Framework 

As part of a recently conducted Network Rail tender process, we are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a place on Network Rail's key Signal Works Testing framework.

This fantastic opportunity allows us to work directly to Network Rail supplying our skilled signalling testers in disciplines such as Tester-in-Charge (MOD 1), Principles Testers (MOD 2), Functional Testers (3BL), Verification Testers (MOD 3c) and Assistant Testers (MOD 5). Other disciplines that form part of the UK nationwide framework include G110, SMTH and signalling supervisory grades.

John Marshall, RTIS Testing & Commissioning Director said: "I am really pleased to be able to work directly for Network Rail across the many projects that they have planned for the remainder of CP5 and then into CP6. We have an excellent reputation for providing first class signalling engineers and testers and this framework gives us the chance to showcase our capabilities directly to Network Rail. "



300 up for RTIS 

As we fast approach the end of July, we are delighted to have achieved another significant milestone for our business. We can now lay claim to have supported our customers (along with delivering signalling projects ourselves) with over 300 railway signalling projects since our company inception back in 2012. 

The 300 projects have been a real mixture; supporting first tier signalling companies with major re-signalling schemes, our own signalling project works, Plain Line and S&C track renewals works, HOBC track renewals, SWTH commissioning works, maintenance works, Signalling Project Management support and the provision of Signalling CRE/TIC expertise.

In order to continue our success, we remain focused on investing, training and producing first class signalling engineers and always place a strong emphasis on delivering works aligned to our company values.

It is our aspiration to continue with the high standards of work we have been involved with during 2017, and through a combination of signalling projects and significant labour frameworks we aim to reach the 350 project milestone by the middle period of 2018.


June News update 

As we move into the summer of 2017 we can look back on a busy last few months with our trackside works. We have once again covered a wide spectrum of signalling works, whether it be installing new signalling equipment, SMTH/G110 works or SWTH type activities.

In addition signalling works, we have also covered other rail works such cable pulling, civils works and the supply of safety critical grades which form part of our overall capabilities. This part of our business is headed up by Nadine French and her team who have a wealth of experience in finding the right staff for any requirements that you may have.

Our works have been for a wide range of customers and throughout June alone, we have supported our customers on major sites such as those at Waterloo, Bristol, Dartford, WAML, Shenfield and Pudding Mill Lane. A key deliverable was to help one of our customers with a significant amount of cable diversions in a high profile part of the UK rail network, within a very limited possession. Using our IRSE licensed personnel we successfully managed to disconnect 72 multi-core cables, renew all cables with new, then terminate and test under SMTH/G110 all within the same possession. We were commended for our efforts and quality to achieve this, and the knock on effect enabled key civils and Pway works to commence on time and to programme.

On the training front we have trained many of our staff on K Type Axle Counter conversion courses and can now offer SMTH/G110 staff competent to test K Types. We have also continued with the personal development of our staff by utilizing our sister company RT Training Solutions. Underpinning signalling courses such as BS2 and SSI have been provided for our staff, along with Safe Work Leader refresher courses actively being taken to meet NWR deadlines.      

As we move into the second half of 2017 we look forward to cementing the many customer relationships that we have, and to continue providing what we believe is a first class service to the rail industry.


New Engineers for RTIS 

Working in conjunction with our sister company RT Training Solutions, we are pleased to announce a further 6 trainee signalling engineers who are now competent, ready and available to add to our growing work force. Through our continued partnership with the Career Transition Programme (CTP) the majority of these candidates have come from a military background who are all seeking a long –term engineering career in the railway signalling sector. Our continued partnership with the CTP shows our true commitment to finding & developing newly talented people, often with transferrable skills into the railway signalling environment.

The trainees will be mentored by existing RTIS signalling staff and over a period of many months the training skills they have learnt will be put into practice in a real live railway environment. Our latest trained engineers will become our IRSE licensed personnel of the future in roles such as supervisors, SMTH/G110 team leaders, SWTH testers and installation staff.

The trainees have successfully passed courses in Personal Track Safety, 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 designed to cover a mixture of both technical and practical assessments, with candidates learning key skills that will be required for their roles working within RTIS’s signalling teams. More courses for new aspiring signalling engineers are already in place for 2017, with the intention being to grow our reputation in producing first class IRSE signalling engineers of the future.