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ISSL launches two new rail divisions

ISS Labour (ISSL) has added two new divisions to its rail support services business: Thermic Track Welding and Overhead Line Electrification. ISSL has been a major provider of track, civils and protection staff to the rail industry for over 20 years. It is also one of the UK’s largest providers of infrastructure lighting and safety barrier fencing.

The new Thermic Track Welding division will be headed by Phil Miskell who joins the company from Network Rail where he was Senior Asset Engineer for LNW, providing route delivery units with welding technical support and mentoring. Phil has more than 25 years’ experience in track welding and his division will offer Thermic Welding, Grinding, Arc Welding and Weld Inspection Services.

The Overhead Line Electrification division will be led by Colin Kelly who joins with 30 years’ experience in UK rail electrification. Colin was previously the Electrification & Plant Manager at Babcock Rail for LNW & Scotland and will direct provision of AC & DC Isolations and Overhead Line Construction and Maintenance services. Colin will also oversee the launch of ISSL’s new Electrification Training School.

Gary Beeston, Managing Director, commented, ‘The addition of these new services to our existing rail capabilities and the investment and aspirations of our parent company are a major advantage in allowing us to expand and develop our business to support our clients throughout all of the key maintenance and renewal areas to meet the challenges presented by CP5.’

In late 2013 Driver Hire became a majority shareholder of ISSL. Driver Hire is a well established and award winning company that is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. As a key business within the group, ISSL is benefiting from being part of an organisation that has a diverse product portfolio along with extensive technical and business support services. The Group also benefits from the financial backing of Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), the UK’s leading mid-market private equity investor.

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