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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.” 



RTIS win Signalling works in Ebbw Vale

Throughout March and April 2015 RT Infrastructure Solutions is pleased to announce that they will be undertaking a series of signalling works at Ebbw Vale Station in Wales on behalf of Buckingham Group. All works are related to the Welsh Assembly Government’s funding of this project to provide an extension to the existing Ebbw Vale Line to a new Station (Ebbw Vale Town), approximately 1¼ Miles North of the Existing Ebbw Vale Parkway Station. The new infrastructure will comprise of an extension of the existing track in to a new bay platform which will provide an operational length of 150 metres.

In a bid to encourage regeneration in the area, the £11.5m scheme will be an initial element of a wider programme to create a more integrated transport network in South East Wales and support the City Region strategy.

RT Infrastructure Solutions will be undertaking all GRIP 6-8 works in conjunction with the Line Extension to the New Ebbw Vale Town Station. The scope of the signalling works includes:

  • Installation of new AWS
  • Installation of new Buffer Stop TPWS Over Speed Sensor
  • Installation of new location cases (TPWS Controls)
  • Installation of New Signs / Speed Boards
  • Panel Alterations
  • Re-location of UPS
  • Signal Works Testing / Commissioning of new Signalling equipment.
  • Decommission and Removal of redundant signalling equipment.

Further IRSE successes for RT Infrastructure Solutions

Diagram Reading CourseSince our last IRSE update we have advanced several more of our IRSE engineers into higher roles within our company. Based on a combination of technical training and mentored work place experience, we are pleased to announce the following employees have attained their IRSE licenses in the following categories:

Abdur Khan IRSE Signalling Installer

Liam Parris IRSE Signalling Installer

Mohammed Khan IRSE Signalling Installer

Kateeb Khan IRSE Signalling Installer

Richard Richter IRSE Signalling Installer

Matt Neylan IRSE Signalling Installer

Ray Wood IRSE Signalling Installer

In line with the continual development of our workforce, several of our engineers will also be going forward for their IRSE Competence & Workplace Assessments in the following categories within the next 2-4 month period:

Paul O'Brien IRSE Signalling Team Leader

Aaron Kerry IRSE Signalling Team Leader

Colin Bailey IRSE Signalling Installer

Tom Smith IRSE Signalling Installer

Adrian Jarvis IRSE Signalling Installer

Faga Fonmoa IRSE Signalling Installer

Ryan Brewer IRSE Signalling Installer

Zayyad Khan IRSE Signalling Installer

Gus Willmoth IRSE Signalling Installer

In addition to our recent IRSE successes, we are also continuing to invest heavily in the safety competencies within our workforce with the addition of around 8 more COSS trained staff throughout February & March, along with additional Site Warden, Look out, Plant, First Aid and SPWEE training courses. The continued development of our engineers 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 and a structured mentorship process.