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RailStaff Awards: Investing for the future

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The transition from one control period to another can be challenging, but the promise of investment in CP6 gives companies reason to be optimistic.

Total Rail Solutions (TRS) is a business which is positive about the future. Over the last 12 months, TRS has invested heavily in plant and operational systems. Earlier this year, it bought its 20th Doosan excavator and introduced a new in-house transport fleet and online customer ordering systems.

“Having worked on one of the largest electrification programmes – from London to Cardiff, we‘re now looking to CP6 and know we have the flexibility in our team, fleet and systems to meet our customers’ requirements, whatever they may be,” said Paul Bateman, chief operating officer, TRS.

With the Transpennine Route Upgrade, South Wales Metro and HS2 headlining the enhancement profile for CP6, TRS is thinking strategically. The company is opening a new depot in Newport, giving it an established base in South Wales, and it is looking to expand in other areas too.

Great partners

For the past few years, TRS has been supporting teams along the Great Western route to electrify the railway between London Paddington station and Cardiff.

For the second year in a row, TRS is sponsoring the Rail Team of the Year category at the RailStaff Awards.

“Every day the TRS team works hard to keep the rail network moving and to help upgrade it for the future,” said Paul. “But we’re no exception. We work with many great partners and see them demonstrating excellence and commitment to every project they undertake. Often the work of individual teams gets overlooked and judged based on the success of much larger projects/schemes. We think it’s important to stop and celebrate the unsung heroes.”

He added: “At TRS we understand the value of teamwork and collaboration – we couldn’t work on rail infrastructure projects without them. But whether it’s on track, in the stations, or on the trains, there are always significant challenges to overcome and teamwork helps find the best solutions every time.”

An environment to thrive in

BTP’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team was named the Rail Team of the Year in 2017. It was a well-deserved win for a team that had the unenviable task of identifying the remains of those killed in the Croydon tram crash, Grenfell Tower and the Manchester Arena and London Bridge terrorist attacks.

Paul believes it is important to celebrate hard-working staff now more than ever, at a time when the railway is coming in for so much public and media scrutiny.

He said: “Time after time people focus on the negatives. Recognising staff achievements is critical to securing your workforce and providing a working environment that people thrive within.”

Rail Media events director Jolene Price said: “We’re thrilled to welcome TRS back for 2018. Like us, they want to give rail industry staff a boost after what has been a challenging year. Frontline staff often take the brunt of the criticism for failings that are completely out of their control, and we need to support them where we can.”

Nominations are open for this year’s event. Visit www.railstaffawards.com and click ‘Nominate Now’.

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