WE UNDERSTAND AND MANAGE CHALLENGES
We have a proven record of safe delivery. Our processes have been approved and accredited by respected customers, industry associations and academics. Our behavioural safety campaign was the first in the UK, in any sector, to be accredited by the highly respected Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Massachusetts. Our programme encourages our people to be safe ‘because they want to, not because they have to’.
The technology and working practices have continued to evolve over the last 20 years, since the electrification programme was scaled-back in the UK.
Our overseas experience means that we have up-to-date knowledge of the latest designs and technology.
In delivering our station projects, we manage interfaces with train operating companies, station users and passengers, maintenance and operational teams, as well as contractors delivering other packages such as rail or signalling. As manufacturers of power equipment and rolling stock, we understand the technical electrification issues and can have informed straight conversations with others working on the network. We also work with stakeholders to protect the heritage and natural environment, manage complex materials logistics, minimize noise and disruption for residents and businesses, while maintaining train services and accommodating up to 250,000 passengers per day. To encourage cooperation, we have developed a number of commercial incentivisation schemes so that we all work together for the benefit of the scheme. We also make sure we work with the rail regulators and approval authorities. This means the design is right first time and we build a scheme that works.
We use a series of readiness reviews and ‘go / no-go’ decisions to ensure we complete our tasks without overrunning engineering works. We also work as Principal Contractor on most of our projects, so we plan and manage the activities of others. This means we all have the space, resources and time to work safely and effectively.
We are part of the National Skills Academy for Rail Engineering and are developing training programmes to ensure our teams have the skills to deliver safely and effectively.
We use a number of tools and techniques to monitor and continually improve our performance. This includes lean process improvement. In other sectors, we have reduced costs by up to 10% by analysing and improving our performance. The repetitive tasks in rail electrification are ideal for this type of scrutiny. We are also proud of our value creation; ensuring sustainable procurement throughout our supply chain, working with local suppliers and local people, improving whole life cost and environmental enhancements. These all improve project results at no extra cost.
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