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railconnect management · procurement · suppliers www.railconnect.co.uk issue 7 september 2013 £12.50 crossrail becoming a reality the dog ate my ticket miss four stars for red star revival at last a better deal for our friends in the north written by christian wolmar rail devolution local railways for local people howard smith crossrail laying the tracks for global high speed excellence atkins heriot-watt written by with bond dickinson written by industry news · health safety · law · recruitment · training · security · directory


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issue 07 1st september 30th novemeber 2013 managing director dan connew tel 01937 580400 editor jade byrne tel 01937 580405 email jade.byrne@theconnectseries.co.uk client relationship director angus woodcock t 01937 580424 e angus.woodcock@theconnectseries.co.uk creative director andy bickerdike tel 01937 580407 email andy.bickerdike@theconnectseries.co.uk graphic designer darren palmer tel 01937 580417 email darren.palmer@theconnectseries.co.uk railconnect welcome to the 7th edition of railconnect a quarterly publication available online at www.railconnect.co.uk and in print format we hope all of our readers are finding this publication a useful industry communication tool to bridge the gap between buyers and suppliers in the rail industry in this edition we have our regular features from christian wolmar a writer and broadcaster specialising in transport he has covered the railways since privatisation in the mid-1990s and writes regularly for national newspapers and magazines in this quarter following transport for london s announcement of the four contenders for the crossrail operating concession christian looks at who could be running the trains in 2018 and what services will be on offer on pages 04-06 scheduled for completion in 2019 the northern hub will allow up to 700 more trains to run each day and provide space for 44 million more passengers a year christian writes about the upgrading of services in and around manchester increasing capacity and improving reliability on pages 18-19 remember red star for a while it was an emblematic name with a logo as well recognised as british rail and now the idea of using spare space on passenger trains to carry urgent parcels seems like a winner especially in these environmentally-conscious times christian reveals on pages 20-21 that a couple of companies are now attempting to revive the concept with sustainability and finally christian investigates the back office schemes to deal with penalty fares and the rules and complexity involved on pages 22-23 we also have our regular articles covering health safety recruitment law training security and our q&a which in this edition are answered by howard smith operations director at crossrail to keep you abreast of issues within the industry we also got in touch with atkins and heriot-watt university to hear about the significant investment they ve recently made by signing a memorandum of understanding for the creation of a centre for excellence in high speed rail on pages 38-39 do make use of our convenient and up to date directory covering a range of companies and breadth of products and services available to the rail industry starting from page 43 if your company isn t currently listed please email andrew.tepielow@theconnectseries.co.uk or refer to our amendment form on page 63-64 to amend your details railconnect is about your industry so we welcome your editorial contributions please don t hesitate to get in touch should you have any comments or suggestions as we are always interested to hear your views we hope our readers enjoy this edition of railconnect and look forward to hearing any feedback you may have published by group information services ltd 1-2 highcliffe court greenfold lane wetherby west yorkshire ls22 6rg tel 01937 580400 fax 01937 580499 email office@gisltd.co.uk web www.gisltd.co.uk the design and layout of this directory remains the property of group information services ltd it must not be reproduced or transmitted to a third party without prior written consent © april 2010 the publisher can not accept responsibility for the accuracy of the content or for any errors omissions or mis-statements nor can the publisher accept responsibility for the copy supplied by the advertisers the publisher shall not be liable for any direct or indirect or consequential loss or damage suffered by any person as a result of relying on any statement in or omission from these articles opinions expressed in these articles are not the opinions of the publishers editor jade byrne prime positions make sure you and your business are being advertised in the the prime positions advertising opportunity gives you the chance to advertise in 3 of the most prominent spaces within the magazine call our sales team for more information regarding availability and prices 01937 580400 ext 2


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contents industry news features 18 at last a better deal for our friends in the north a project to improve connectivity east and west of manchester and increase capacity generally originally mooted in the seventies is finally bearing fruit under the new name of the northern hub it comes not a moment too soon 08 11 investment in growing railway delivers £3.2billion boost to businesses across britain tfl confirms shortlist of bidders for ticketing and fare collection services crossrail archaeologists have discovered rare evidence of humans living on the thames 9,000 years ago in southeast london drop in unemployment helping rail travel sustain passenger growth 04 features 20 four stars for red star revival the once-emblematic and much-used train parcel service was sold off and closed down years ago but it is an idea being quietly re-born ­ spurred on by the environmentalist agenda 04 crossrail becoming a reality crossrail will be the highestprofile railway launch since eurostar and all eyes will be on a smooth start that is why its introduction is being staggered first up bidding for the franchise to run the system and to build the trains 22 the dog ate my ticket miss penalty fares are imposed by some companies on suspected fare dodgers but they are coming under increased scrutiny and need an independent appeal procedure is the present system working 12 raising the roof at manchester victoria station 38 laying the tracks for global high speed excellence 18 prime positions make sure you and your business are being advertised in the 22 the prime positions advertising opportunity gives you the chance to advertise in 3 of the most prominent spaces within the magazine call our sales team for more information regarding availability and prices 01937 580400 ext 2


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diary of events recruitment directory 43 category listings search for companies you need by their category of services 45 civils plant equipment 47 consulting recruitment professional 49 infrastructure electrical 51 rolling stock 53 safety security 54 signal tele-communication it 55 tunnelling bridges 16 q&a essential events to attend in the following months 32 changing the face of the traditional graduate milkround the graduate engineer show is an event aimed at bringing together 50 of the uk s major engineering employers with over 1,000 of the uk s engineering undergraduates and post graduates in one space 26 howard smith operations director at crossrail health safety training 28 law ensuring an efficient resilient and growing railway beyond 2019 34 36 rail engineers need training investment in order to ensure future competence 57 alphabetical supplier listings search for companies you need by their name security rail devolution local railways for local people following the brown review into rail franchising and cross-party support for rail devolution bond dickinson consider the prospects for control over rail services moving out of whitehall and into local hands 30 making a difference with security officers it is vital that security personnel respond in a professional manner and manage the extreme distress that suicides on the railways can cause passengers and train operating staff until the appropriate support services arrive website for all the latest vacancies visit the railconnect website now at www.railconnect.co.uk 26 38


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feature crossrail crossrail becoming a reality crossrail will be the highest-profile railway launch since eurostar and all eyes will be on a smooth start that is why its introduction is being staggered first up bidding for the franchise to run the system and to build the trains he reality of crossrail is fast approaching as the tunnelboring machines have now created more than a quarter of the 42km network underneath the capital however the first experience of crossrail for passengers will not be the new tunnels that will link liverpool street with paddington but rather the crossrail-branded trains operated under a new franchisee as soon as 2015 four years before the full service is due to start the reason for this is that the franchise for the operations will start that year long before either the tunnels or the rolling stock are ready this rather strange arrangement has been devised to give the successful bidder the chance to bed in before the full service starts and the franchise process has already begun with four bidders ­ national express keolis/goahead arriva and mtr all these companies have experience of operating in and around words christian wolmar sub-editor deborah maby t london national express has the c2c franchise operating out of fenchurch street and did run the east anglia until that was passed to abellio in february last year keolis/go ahead operate two of the three ex-southern railway franchises while arriva part of deutsche bahn and mtr of hong kong jointly run the london overground system for transport for london however there were two unexpected omissions firstgroup which runs the services out of paddington and most surprisingly ratp the french operator of the rer cross-paris services which are very similar to those which crossrail will operate remarkably close comparisons can be made between the rer line a and crossrail which makes the decision not to include ratp extremely surprising both are just over 100km long though the french system has only 25km of tunnel compared with 42km in london 04 railconnect www.theconnectseries.co.uk


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feature crossrail they both have 46 stations and the expected use of crossrail will be roughly the same as the 60,000 peak demand on line a of the rer one operational difficulty highlighted by the french experience is long station dwell times although the rolling stock on the rer has particularly wide doors accounting for about 23 per cent of the train length delays at busy stations caused by the sheer volume of passengers remain common the introduction of platform doors which will be deployed at every tunnel station on crossrail will help to address this problem but nevertheless it remains a key operational issue for whoever runs the service the new trains will be provided by one of the three shortlisted bidders bombardier transportation caf and hitachi rail europe siemens having withdrawn and part of the reason for the early allocation of the franchise is to allow close co-operation between the train builder and the operator www.theconnectseries.co.uk railconnect 05 05


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feature crossrail images crossrail as well as taking delivery of new stock which even if it is off the peg rather than a completely new design will need to overcome the normal teething problems with a new fleet the signalling poses particular difficulties unlike the rer which has the same system throughout crossrail trains will have to cope with three different types of signalling the western side will by the time the line opens be fitted with the most modern signalling in the uk known as etcs level 2 this involves information being sent to the cab of the driver and therefore requires no lineside signalling at all the middle section under london will use communications based train control cbtc which is a semiautomatic train operation system and thirdly on the eastern side the conventional uk system using the train protection and warning system to avoid signals passed at danger will be used this will pose a remarkable challenge to the train manufacturers and will require robust commissioning for both trains and signalling systems one can only imagine the headlines in both the evening standard and national press given the high profile of crossrail if there are failures during the early days because of its complex nature the revenue risk is not being passed on to the operator which will also not brand its trains these will instead have the nowfamiliar crossrail logo which has similarities with the old br sign the winning bidder will be known early in the new year and therefore in 2015 crossrail-branded trains will be operating as with london overground the revenue risk is not being passed on to the operator which will also not brand its trains these will instead have the now-familiar crossrail logo which has similarities with the old br sign the first trains will be the services between liverpool street and shenfield currently part of the east anglia franchise but these of course will consist of existing rolling stock crossrail will be the highest-profile railway launch since eurostar with the big difference that it will immediately be a vital part of london s transport system and therefore all eyes will be on a successful launch that is why the introduction of the various services are being staggered the exact opening strategy for crossrail has yet to be finalised but the current programme is for heathrow to paddington ­ using the existing ground level platforms ­ to open in may 2018 when the crossrail concession takes over the heathrow connect service then the tunnel section will open with the paddington to abbey wood section in december 2018 and the paddington to shenfield line in may 2019 finally the full through service currently envisaged as terminating at maidenhead but may change will open in december 2019 06 railconnect www.theconnectseries.co.uk


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industry news investment in growing railway delivers £3.2billion boost to businesses across britain investment in a bigger better rail network generated more than £3.2billion of work for businesses across britain over the last year according to new figures released by network rail more than a third ­ around £1.2billion ­ of the money spent in 2012/13 went to small and medium-sized businesses helping support economic growth and jobs across a range of industries from telecoms suppliers and glazers to solar energy engineers and security providers this investment has sustained over 90,000 full-time jobs nationwide in addition to the 34,000 people directly employed by network rail generating significant financial returns to central government through tax revenue and savings on benefits as well as boosting local economies the enhancement schemes carried out by network rail s major projects division included the redevelopments of king s cross reading and birmingham new street stations crossrail the thameslink programme upgrade plus dozens of other schemes to improve stations lengthen platforms and build new railway chief secretary to the treasury danny alexander said investing in infrastructure has a direct effect on the economy creating jobs and giving britain the infrastructure we need to build a stronger economy and fairer society this report is excellent in highlighting the opportunities for small and medium sized businesses that come with infrastructure investment that is why we socio-economic benefits a good example have set out £100billion of investment of this is the northern hub project in infrastructure over the next designed to boost the economic parliament including growth of the north of supporting the largest england through value for programme of investment money improvements in rail since the victorian to rail services the era i m very glad to project delivers wider in the last four years network see that network rail economic benefits rail has generated £17.3billion are doing their bit to valued at over £4 for of work for its supply chain drive sustainable and every £1 invested and of which £6.2billion has been balanced economic it has been estimated with small and mediumgrowth across the uk that this project alone sized businesses simon kirby managing will deliver an annual director of network rail contribution to the northern infrastructure projects said the economy of £2billion rail industry is increasingly recognised as simon kirby continued every day a key contributor to our national economic more than three million rail journeys are and social well-being across britain made in britain and the railway transports investment in a bigger better railway has millions of tonnes of goods between ports provided a massive boost to hundreds and shops but railways don t just move of businesses of all shapes and sizes people and freight railways connect supporting sustainable economic growth homes and workplaces businesses with and jobs markets create jobs stimulate trade and in the last four years network rail has support the growth of a balanced economy generated £17.3billion of work for its supply network rail will have a pivotal role to chain of which £6.2billion has been with play in driving sustainable economic growth small and medium-sized businesses ­ a over the next five years with plans to add 22 increase on the previous four years 700 more trains each day between the planned enhancements and renewals key cities of the north increase london s expenditure between 2014 and 2019 is rail capacity by 20 build new lines to approximately £25billion with 99 of increase capacity in scotland and electrify this work to be undertaken by uk-based hundreds of miles of railway so cleaner companies faster trains can run by continuing to capital investment in rail also pays invest in rail we are investing in the future back over the longer term through wider of britain £17.3billion tfl confirms shortlist of bidders for ticketing and fare collection services electra contract will take london s ticketing systems into the next decade following the issue of the ojeu in march for the contract to take the capital s transport ticketing systems into the next decade transport for london tfl has announced the shortlisted bidders the shortlisted bidders are cubic transportation systems ltd lg cns co cnf scheidt bachmann gmbh the shortlisted bidders will be invited to submit detailed bids with the contract awarded by october 2014 the new contract will commence from august 2015 upon the expiry of tfl s current contract for ticketing systems the electra contractor will assume responsibility for the provision and maintenance of front and back office revenue collection systems for all of tfl s services at 400 tube dlr and london overground stations 250 national rail stations in london and an off-system retail network of 4,000 oyster agents this includes ensuring that all of the gates are maintained and available that oyster readers on buses and at stations platforms and retail outlets are working reliably that the systems transferring transactions from the oyster readers to the back office are operating efficiently and that systems are integrated to support tfl s plans for the widespread use of contactless payment cards across the network the electra contract term is for seven years with an early exit option at five years and extension options of up to three years matthew hudson tfl s customer experience head of business development said `we now have a shortlist of bidders for the electra contract and we will be providing further information to them about our detailed requirements over the coming months `one of the key things we will be looking for from the successful bidder is a contract that delivers the high quality of service and value for money that our customers demand 08 railconnect www.theconnectseries.co.uk


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industry news crossrail archaeologists have discovered rare evidence of humans living on the thames 9,000 year ago in southeast london the discovery of a mesolithic `toolmaking factory which included 150 pieces of flint among them blades were found at crossrail s tunnelling worksite in north woolwich archaeologists believe prehistoric londoners were using the site to test divide and prepare river cobbles used to make flint tools before transporting them to another site to complete the tool-making process crossrail lead archaeologist jay carver said this is a unique and exciting find that reveals evidence of humans returning to england and in particular the thames valley after a long hiatus during the ice age it is one of a handful of archaeology sites uncovered that confirms humans lived in the thames valley at this time the concentration of flint pieces shows that this was an exceptionally important location for sourcing materials to make tools that were used by early londoners who lived and hunted on thames estuary islands at liverpool street crossrail archaeologists are also uncovering layers of london s history including the 16th century bedlam burial ground and roman london archaeologists have also uncovered an exceptionally well made roman road where a strange find of human bone in the foundations has surprised archaeologists drop in unemployment helping rail travel sustain passenger growth rail journey numbers rose by 5 over spring and early summer this year as unemployment fell and passengers continued to take advantage of good value train tickets new figures from the association of train operating companies atoc show that passenger journey growth continues to build on the 1.5billion journeys made in 2012/13 the highest yearly total since the 1920s 16.4million there were 16.4million more journeys made in april to june this year than last ­ a 5 rise during those three months image crossrail lead archaeologist jay carver holding mesolithic flint found at north woolwich site in august 2013 archaeologists are hopeful that when they start large scale excavations to remove 3,000 skeletons from the 17th century burial ground next year they will also locate more of the roman road along with foundations of roman buildings that stood alongside the road jay carver continued this location in the heart of liverpool street holds a rich deposit of archaeology that provides an insight into london s history over the last 2,000 years work to relocate local utilities is providing us with a tantalising glimpse of important finds just a few metres below street-level we plan to excavate the bedlam burial ground next year and carefully remove up to 3,000 skeletons as well as excavate a wider area to unearth roman london among the latest crossrail finds is one of the uk s richest deposits of 17th century crafts local craft manufacturers appeared to have used the burial ground for fly tipping during the 1600s providing archaeologists with an understanding of how east london manufacturers made expensive crafts for wealthy londoners the finds include rare and exotic tortoise shell and elephant teeth which were used to make crafts such as expensive fans for london s wealthy the research shows that there were 16.4million more journeys made in april to june this year than last ­ a 5 rise during those three months the biggest rise was in the commuter heavy london and south east market where the number of journeys rose from 222.8million last year to 235.8million in 2013 ­ a 5.9 increase the increases coincide with a drop in unemployment figures data from the office of national statistics ons shows that unemployment figures for march to may 2013 were down by 72,000 on last year and the number of people in employment was up by 336,000 atoc s research also shows that the number of journeys made on discounted fares rose by 8 over the last quarter as passengers increasingly recognise the benefit of travelling on cheaper tickets and using railcards and other discounts michael roberts chief executive of atoc said the rise in rail journeys reflects the upturn in the job market which is good news for the economy the continued growth is also down to more people snapping up good value tickets outside peak hours by attracting more people to the railway operators have helped generate an extra £1.3billion for the government to invest back into the railway www.theconnectseries.co.uk railconnect 11 11


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industry news raising the roof at manchester victoria station passengers using manchester s victoria station are only one year away from enjoying a newly revitalised lighter and brighter station as part of a £44million investment programme being delivered by network rail the project to rebuild the station includes replacing four sections of the old leaky steel roof which will be recycled and replaced with a stunning new roof which will flood the station with natural light dyan crowther network rail route managing director said rebuilding manchester victoria is an integral part of our investment plans for the north which will help provide over £4billon worth of wider economic benefits to the region the refurbished station will be safer brighter and more spacious and will transform victoria into a transport interchange able to cope with the expected increase in passenger numbers in the north lee wasnidge area director for northern rail said as the old roof is dismantled and a new manchester victoria starts to appear our customers will be able to see the station transform before them this refurbishment project will not only help provide additional rail capacity to the city but will also preserve the heritage of the station while providing a bright and modern environment for our customers councillor andrew fender chair of the transport for greater manchester committee said the new roof for victoria is one of the most striking changes being made and something that regular passengers will no doubt welcome with open arms it s key to the transformation of the station to a welcoming world class facility and i very much look forward to its completion demolition teams are working throughout the summer to remove the old roof and will shortly be installing new steel beams up to 120 meters long which will support the new roof structure the roof is due for completion in summer 2014 with the station refurbishment scheduled for completion early in 2015 £44million manchester s victoria station is receiving a £44million investment programme being delivered by network rail bespoke fabrication in the uk since 1898 based in mapplewell near barnsley our purpose built premises comprises of 1¼ acres of open storage but more importantly 1240 sq meters of covered fabrication and manufacturing facilities offering a full bespoke build repair and refurbishment to customers owned equipment railtec specialises in the manufacture of workshop and shot blast transfer bogies plus various other types of equipment for all manner of rail and non rail-based services we also specialise in the manufacture of bespoke one-off and small batch fabrications for construction engineering and many other light and heavy industries www.railtec.co.uk for more information tel 01226 384207 email railtec@marwoodgroup.co.uk 12 a56717 railtec advert_p1.indd 1 08/02/2013 15:34 railconnect www.theconnectseries.co.uk


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cf booth ltd was established in 1920 by clarence frederick booth and since that time has continued to be passed down through the generations of the booth family the company has been associated with the scrapping of diesel and electric locomotives since the 1960s and has an excellent reputation as one of the largest rolling stock recyclers in the uk winning nationally released tenders from several of the main rail operating companies the head office is located in rotherham south yorkshire at clarence metal works with the company s gantry cranes and three derrick cranes making the site quite distinctive cf booth rolling stock division has achieved both iso 9001 and 14001 standards and has invested heavily in developing the infrastructure to handle all kinds of rolling stock including more than 1,500 metres of rail sidings which allows us to accommodate a substantial amount of rolling stock work continues at present with rail vehicles being brought in through a connection to network rail and the proximity of the railway sidings to roads give this side of the business a high profile with many wagons carriages underground and departmental stock being processed in addition our extremely competitive buying process and quick payment terms mean that for many companies wishing to dispose of their rolling stock cf booth ltd is the first port of call besides processing rolling stock for their residual ferrous/non ferrous metals we also salvage any or all components that may be required by railway preservationists the current rolling stock manager christopher davis says we are proud to be playing a major role in supporting the uk national rail industry and extremely proud to provide a valuable service to railway enthusiasts and preservationists throughout the uk as they continue to restore rolling stock vehicles to their former glory for future generations to enjoy we value the relationship we have built up with preservationists and enthusiasts over the years office tel +44 0 1709 559198 fax +44 0 1709 562631 www.cfbooth.com all enquiries regarding your rolling stock can be directed to christopher davis rolling stock manager cf booth limited clarence metal works armer street rotherham yorkshire united kingdom s60 1af



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