BACKGROUND – AN OVERVIEW OF THE CURRENT SITUATION
During its 5-year construction, Crossrail (OOCPA Project) focused on the remodelling of Old Oak Common to Paddington station, which is approximately 2 miles of track. Over the course of the project 50+ point-ends were installed as well as the relocation and installation of new and existing signals and track circuit upgrades alongside the construction of overhead lines.
RSSI’s Signalling division worked alongside Carillion primarily supporting their P-WAY and Civils teams carrying out the modernisation of the track infrastructure, through the supply of SMTHs, Points Fitters and installers.
The nature of the works meant that the Signalling department’s resource team needed to constantly adapt to the changing roster, as this would affect both the numbers of staff as well as their competencies required. The company maintained a recruitment and training programme that continually met the demands of the work schedule as well as sustain the high-level service the organisation is renowned for. This meant that RSSI were able to deliver a consistent workforce which helped to ensure that any issues on site were dealt with quickly and also the consistent involvement in the planning ensured the recruitment and training aligned with the project workloads, particularly for demanding S&C commissioning weekends.
Furthermore, due to the length of the project and the continual introduction of new assets, RSSI worked inherently with Network Rail (NWR) Delivery Units offering assistance to faulting and maintenance teams.
CONCLUSIONS / RESULTS – WHAT BENEFIT WAS THIS FOR THE CLIENT
The RSS ethos has always been to not only supply the labour but to focus on communication, planning, competence and experience. The success of this project demonstrated that this attention to detail was a determining factor in delivering the exact resource capabilities required resulting in a project that was presented on time and to budget.
“RSSI personnel who worked to recover the IBJ’s were faultless and brilliant guys to work with, they are a credit to the S&T division at RSSI.”Brian Watterson – Signalling Supervisor Phase 5 at S&C North Alliance
“RSSI personnel who were involved with the works at Northam had to work through some of the worst weather conditions I have seen and continued to keep spirits high and had a fantastic work attitude allowing for the project to continue.”Chris Courtenay – Signalling Supervisor (Infrastructure) for Colas Rail
“I would like to thank RSS for their work so far on the blockade at Northam, they have been great.”Andrew Woolliss – Project Engineer (Wessex) S&C – Infrastructure
“Thanks to RSSI we are on top of all movements every day with nothing outstanding. ”Ryan Steel – Field Engineer (OLE England) at Amey
“RSSI assisted in the cable running shifts, preparation work including changeovers of the 8 x track circuits and the 10c, 27c and 4 x 48c lineside cables. Their quality of work, attitude and work ethic has been absolutely spot on. ”Dan Palmer – Installation and Construction Engineer at Carillion Signalling
“Being able to work during the day with trains still running is fantastic for team fatigue. The use of an ATWS installed for the duration makes the job even safer and removes the need for Lookouts. Thanks to the guys from RSSI for installing and managing for us.”Robert Woods – Senior Project Manager at Amey
“The RSSI personnel who worked on the Bilston Road Track Renewal project have been exceptional and played a major part in ensuring the works were completed on time and to budget.”Paul Brown – Project Director for Midland Metro Alliance
“The RSSI Arboriculture Team did a great job in completing the job safely and efficiently as planned. The feedback from my site supervisor was very good, he said that all exclusion zone were enforced and adhered to and appropriate PPE was used for the task. ”Ameer Ibrahim – Senior Project Manager for Colas
“The De-Veg works that the Arboriculture team undertook was to a very high standard, the site looks 100% better and everybody my end is really happy with the service you provided. ”Jamie Gibbons – Site Manager for S&C Alliance
“I have had a good walk along the fence line and I am very happy with the work carried out. All the over hanging trees and Limbs have been removed. Very good work. ”Mike Gibson – Terminal Manager for Associated British Ports
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