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Cat 1 Re-Rail Project

“This project required precise planning, efficient execution, and a dedicated team to deliver the desired outcomes within a restricted timeframe. Our collaboration with the client and the expertise of our team ensured a successful and safe completion.”
John Byrne, Head of Rail Operations

Services Delivered

Cat 1 Re-Rail is a Rail Operations project that was undertaken by RSSI for Network Rail. The project involved the replacement of 10x 709ft rails and stress for handback over a weekend blockade due to excessive wear on the rail. The overall objective was to ensure the safety and efficiency of the railway system through essential maintenance and the provision of necessary personnel.

Key Actions

  • Assessed rail condition, identifying excessive wear.
  • Developed comprehensive project plan for rail replacement and stress for
  • Organised weekend blockade to minimise railway disruption.
  • Supplied necessary personnel: ES, Supervisor, COSS, STM, Handback personnel, and Stressing experts.
  • Coordinated with Network Rail to ensure safety protocol adherence
  • Implemented rigorous safety measures to mitigate risks.
  • Executed rail replacement and stress activities as per schedule.
  • Monitored progress and work quality.
  • Completed project within one-week timeframe.



Werrington Grade Separation, RSS Infrastructure

Project Value


Werrington Grade Separation, RSS Infrastructure

Project Duration

7 Days

Project Delivery

The project required the replacement of 10x 709ft rails due to excessive wear, posing potential safety risks. Additionally, stress for handback was necessary to ensure the newly installed rails were correctly adjusted and met the required specifications. Given the critical nature of the work, a weekend blockade was scheduled to minimise disruption to regular train services.

Our team collaborated closely with Network Rail to develop a comprehensive
project plan. This plan included a detailed assessment of the rail condition,
identifying the specific locations requiring replacement. It also outlined the precise activities involved in stress for handback to ensure optimal rail performance.

To execute the project, we provided a dedicated team of skilled personnel.
This team included an Engineering Supervisor (ES), Supervisor, Controller of
Site Safety (COSS), Safe Track Monitor (STM), Handback personnel, and Stressing experts. Each role played a crucial part in maintaining safety and efficiency throughout the project.

During the weekend blockade, our team adhered strictly to safety protocols
and industry regulations. Measures such as work area protection, personal
protective equipment (PPE), and constant monitoring of the worksite
were implemented to mitigate risks and prevent accidents. Regular
communication and coordination with Network Rail ensured smooth progress and timely decision-making.

The rail replacement and stress activities were executed according to
the planned schedule, with our team working efficiently to meet the project’s
objectives. Continuous monitoring of work quality and progress was maintained throughout the duration, ensuring adherence to the highest standards.

The project was successfully completed within the designated one-week
timeframe, delivering the desired outcomes of improved rail safety and
enhanced network reliability. The collaborative effort between our company
and Network Rail, combined with the expertise of our skilled team, resulted in a safe and successful project delivery.

About Us

RSS Infrastructure provides multi-disciplinary infrastructure services for the rail, civil and utilities sectors. With offices in Birmingham, Cwmbran, and Doncaster, RSSI works with several clients, including Network Rail, WMCA, Midland Metro Alliance, HS2 as well as Tier 1 & 2 contractors. Services offered include; Arboriculture, Construction & Civils, Magnetic Track Safety, Possession Management, Rail Operations, Safety-Critical Resource, Signalling, Track Warning Services, and Welding.


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