Tram and Light Railway Consultants in the UK
Recent developments in the Light Rail sector mean that regulations will increase in scope and size, with a particular emphasis on safety and standards. We have experience of implementing new standards quickly, safely and within allocated budgets.
Interoperability is another complex area, and there are a number of potential issues which can impact on successfully merging heavy and light rail to operate over the same infrastructure. In 2002, we were part of the team which helped merge the Tyne and Wear Metro light rail system onto the heavy rail network.
We also have extensive knowledge of risk management. When complications arise on the railway, we have experience of creating hazard operability studies and develop controls to demonstrate to the authorities that risks are understood and that the necessary procedures are being implemented to mitigate that risk.
We have comprehensive experience working in a control room with multiple functions including signalling, power control to station control with CCTV facilities. In this role we have delivered high levels of train service, incrementally introduced functional changes, and managed sensitive industrial relations while achieving performance targets.
Our tram and light railway consultants in the UK have a comprehensive knowledge of crowd control, regulations for fire safety and management of underground stations. These are high risk areas, but we have worked with Fire Services, Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and other legislative bodies together with stakeholders to ensure that management in this area is efficient, effective and complies with the relevant legislation.
Introduction of new signalling systems within Control, managing areas of fleet refurbishment, providing expertise to project teams, managing station refurbishment and managing complex changes to workforce reorganisations.
Successful train crew management is ensuring that productivity is maximised but in a safe and effective way. In 2007, we were able to increase driver productivity to 60%, which surpassed industry norms. We were able to implement effective rosters with appropriate rest periods so that the company operated at maximum capacity but importantly, safety was not compromised.
Our tram and light railway consultants in the UK have a detailed knowledge of Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems legislation. We can help service providers apply to regulators to obtain the necessary authorisation and certifications.
We have experience of working with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) as accredited agents and producing formal accident reports as Qualified Lead Investigators. Our training and experience have enabled us to produce formal investigations for the attention of the RAIB and ORR.
As Chartered Members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), we have a thorough knowledge of health and safety legislation and risk management. Our knowledge is broad and all encompassing, so we can identify problems, and recommend the appropriate expert, if the issue is specialist in nature.
We have collaborated with Local Resilience Forums in the planning and execution of scenarios to prepare emergency services. As Exercise Director for emergency exercises, we have run scenarios, performed debriefs and created reports to pinpoint areas of improvement.
Companies bidding on concessions and franchises will require knowledge, experience and qualifications for those bids to be successful. As tram and light railway consultants in the UK, we have an exhaustive knowledge of rail systems. We have worked on a bid and understand how to make proposals pertinent, thorough and effective.
From 1980 to 2010, Tyne and Wear Metro was vertically integrated. Between 2010 and 2017 the Railway was split into operations and infrastructure and in 2017 began reintegrating. This required effectively transferring the management of the trains, drivers and control room to DB Regio and back again. Our experience means we understand how to introduce vertical integration successfully and within budgetary constraints.
We have completed a number of major projects and system transformations.