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RTIS Training & Development Update 

We are pleased to announce that throughout October & November we have continued to build on the development of our employees. By placing staff on training & course assessments we have maintained the competence of our workforce in line with current standards, whilst at the same time providing additional technical training to increase their all-round signalling knowledge.

Under the professional guidance of RTIS Testing and Commissioning Director John Marshall, we have brought a further 5 staff up to SWTH Mod 4 level. The successful employees in this SWTH course were Sam Allen, Dave Dyer, Andy Pegg, Tony Church and Allan Deal who will now be placed under site mentorship. Ricky McKinley has also furthered his SWTH competence by successfully passing SWTH/MOD 3C course.

We have also upskilled many of our staff into SMTH roles and congratulations go to Samir Kishta, Mark Garrard and Steve Jones for achieving this certification. Alongside SMTH training we have added EBI200 track circuits training into our workforce.

Safety training has been frequent with a number of our staff undertaking refresher training in COSS and Look-out courses as well as undertaking Safe Work Leader training. Safe Work Leader courses have been completed by Mark Garrard, Tony McFarlane, John Whitland, Dale Bush and Paul Clark.

On the IRSE front we have continued to renew and develop our workforce and we are pleased that Adrian Jarvis has achieved his IRSE installer license. Both Nic Munro & Liam Soar have achieved successful renewals of their Installation Team Leader Licenses.


RTIS wins extension to 5 year Signalling Maintenance Framework

After a successful 3 year period of maintaining Chiltern Railway’s signalling assets at Wembley Depot, we are pleased to announce the award of a further 5 year contract which continues with the provision of our fully managed signalling maintenance service. The Wembley Depot itself is a key strategic point in Chiltern Railway's operations and ensuring that this depot remains fault free and operational in order to run a smooth passenger service is just one aspect of the many signalling services that we provide.

The new contract comes with a continued 24/7 365 days fault response service, along with the provision of our competent signalling maintenance teams who are proficient to work on the German based Tiefenbach signalling system.

Carl Jamieson said,“I am extremely pleased to continue our close association with Chiltern Railways and its Wembley Depot. Over the last 3 years we have built up an excellent working relationship with the depot, and through our pro-activeness we have found solutions and rectified issues which keep the depot as fully operational as quickly as possible. The Tiefenbach signalling system is fairly unique to the UK so it is challenging when faults do occur, however our trained maintenance teams are competent and familiar with its processes and can rectify most faults as soon as the root cause is found.”     

The maintenance within the depot itself can be wide ranging, however the main areas of maintenance include:

  • Maintenance of complete Tiefenbach Signalling System
  • Maintenance of Proximity Switches & Tiefenbach T110 & HW Point Machines
  • Maintenance of Tiefenbach Axle counters, Control Cubicles and Signals
  • Maintenance of Signalling Panel
  • Periodical Signalling reports & Upgrade works to existing signalling equipment
  • 24/7 365 days a year fault cover response team.



RTIS pass RIPS Audit 

We are pleased to announce that on the 2nd July we successfully passed our Railway Interface Planning Scheme (RIPS) audit which is the mandatory pre-requisite for achieving  a very much sought after Railway Contractor Certificate (RCC). We will now be listed on Link Up as holding RIPS as a specialist supplier qualification, which can be searched for by buyers in the rail community. 

By passing our RIPS audit we were deemed competent in demonstrating that we have a sufficient and suitable management system/s in accordance with the RIPS Rules to act as a RIPS provider engaged in contracts directly with Network Rail, or as a subcontractor for a Principal Contractor (PC) on Network Rail Managed Infrastructure (NRMI). The RIPS Rules also define the minimum expectations and resources to be consulted in the development and implementation of a plan, and the competences required by those involved in the planning of rail works. 

Although this does not guarantee contract work it is a requirement that Network Rail places on its contractors in order to achieve consistent improvement in the delivery of maintenance programmes and infrastructure projects. Approval will remain valid through continued compliance with the RIP Scheme Rules and through an ongoing programme of annual audits and monitoring.




Further successful development training for RTIS

Following on from our development training in June, we have taken further steps to upskill our workforce into the key signalling areas of SWTH, SMTH and Installation disciplines.

Our Signal Works Testing successes in June have seen a further 4 employees trained in MOD 3c who will now be able to work & mentored to undertake correspondance testing on any new signalling installation works. Congratulations go to Simon Brett, Paul Morris, Allan Deal and Dean Bolt, all of whom will come under the professional guidance of RTIS Testing & Commissioning Manager John Marshall. These additional successes furthers our capacity to 10 x Mod 3C and 12 x Mod 5 testers who are multi-skilled to work between installation & testing requirements as and when required by our customers.

Alongside this technical training, we have also progressed a further 6 employees into IRSE roles which have been achieved through the required levels of technical training and practical trackside experience. Congratulations go to the following staff who have achieved progression into the following IRSE licenses categories:

IRSE Signalling Maintainer & Fault Finder     Tony McFarlane

IRSE Signalling Team Leader                        Paul Obrien

IRSE Signalling Team Leader                        Tony Church

IRSE Signalling Installer                                 Fonmoa Faga

IRSE Signalling Installer                                 Zayyad Khan

IRSE Signalling Installer                                 Colin Bailey

We have also increased the number of SMTH trained staff within our business, by training selected personnel in this highly specialized competence. We see that this development will provide a major support to our ongoing track renewals works, particularly for an increasing workload on Crossrail which effects works at Chadwell Heath, Brentwood and Shenfield stations.


Safe Work Leader Success for RTIS 

In line with the introduction of Network Rail’s newly created Safe Work Leader roles, we have been busy training and upskilling our workforce to ensure that we meet the expected demand for these key safety skills throughout CP5. We hope that this training will ensure that our signalling teams have a smooth transition into the new regulations, which are expected to be rolled out nationally by the end of 2015.

Since the introduction of Safe Work Leaders into the East Midlands Route, we have already had a number of employees that are now successfully trained to Safe Work Leader Level 1 accreditation. Congratulations go to Steve Jones, Andrew Pegg and Craig Webster for their successful achievements.

Our development plans cater for a 6 further staff to be trained in SWL courses over the next 4 week period, with our remaining COSS trained staff being planned in for training throughout the remainder of 2015.

Network Rail see the Safe Work Leader roles as positions as an integral part of its new Planning and Delivering Safe Work Programme and plan to train up to 3,750 managers, supervisors and planners drawn from across the rail industry.  The training will ensure that the target community is competent to use Network Rail’s new web-based electronic management of permitting system and also competent in the application of risk-based decision making.

It is Network Rail’s intention to put a Safe Work Leader on every work site, on or near the track, with all safety critical roles reporting to their SWL. The SWL roles will be split into three levels to mirror the complexity of work being carried out. The Planning and Delivering Safe Work Programme will also see the introduction of a new electronic permit tool (Proscient) which will allow the SWL to plan, risk assess, deliver and hand back work more efficiently.