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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.



RTIS employees move into SWTH roles

We are pleased to announce that throughout May/June we have continued to build in the traditions instilled within our company by developing and growing selected members of our workforce into key SWTH roles. Under the professional guidance of RTIS Testing and Commissioning Director John Marshall, our existing SMTH and installation staff have been brought up to Verification (Mod 3c) & Test Assistant (Mod 5) levels. This fantastic development has created multi-skilled staff within RTIS, who are able to now work between installation & testing requirements as and when required by our customers.

After a period of further trackside experience, selected staff (with underpinning SMTH experience) will then move into Mod 4 roles. To date the successful RTIS candidates in Mod 3C & Mod 5 courses are Andrew Pegg, Dave Dyer, Richard Richter, Liam Soar, Tony Church, Dean Bolt, Allan Deal, Simon Brett and Sam Allen. Says John Marshall “I am extremely excited by this unique opportunity to personally train, develop and mentor our future Signal Works Testing workforce. By passing on my experience, which covers many different aspects of signalling control systems, I hope to build a solid foundation of testers who through competence and professionalism alone will be regarded as one of the best within the UK rail industry.”

RTIS CEO Simon Jamieson says,  “Around 6 months ago Network Rail challenged the rail industry to invest and introduce new SWTH engineers to help overcome what is a very limited resource pool within the UK market. Whilst we are not solving the rail industry’s national shortage of SWTH staff, we are in our own way helping to assist the ever increasing demands for these complex skills. Our long term aim is to eventually develop several of our new testing staff into Tester in Charge roles within their own right. With John Marshall’s support and experience to help mentor all of our SWTH competent staff, I firmly believe this is achievable over the next Network Rail Control Period and look forward to this aspect of our business bringing further success to everyone within RTIS.”


All systems go for RTIS Testing & Commissioning Services

We are pleased to announce further expansion to our business through the recent addition of John Marshall as our new Test & Commissioning Manager. John has joined our company from a period of time spent in Australia where he was Head of Testing & Commissioning for Siemens ASEAN, with direct responsibility for all Siemens Rail Projects in Australia and New Zealand. 

John joined the railway over 35 years ago and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to us, particularly in the area of ETCS where his knowledge of delivering this type of signalling control system will be extremely valuable in the UK market. 

As well as being directly involved with managing the Test & Commissioning aspects of our direct projects, John will also be responsible for growing additional functional/correspondence testers with the RTIS business. One of John’s key goals is to produce a self-sufficient highly competent signal works testing organisation, with the ability to multi-skill into other signalling areas as required.   

Says Simon Jamieson RTIS CEO “I am extremely pleased that someone of John’s calibre has joined what I think will be an exciting journey into undertaking more Test & Commissioning services within the rail industry. The addition of John to our team gives us the ability to self-deliver GRIP 6-8 works as a one-stop solution for our ever increasing customer base.”