Practical approach
Sella Controls Limited has been awarded a contract by Arriva Rail North (ARN) to deliver Station Information and Security (SISS) enhancements across 25 stations in West Cumbria and Lancashire. The contract for work packages West 9, 10 & 11 is part of the ARN Station Improvement Fund (SIF) scheme, and combines the addition of Customer Information Systems (CIS) and Long-Line Public Address (LLPA) equipment across the network. The works also include the delivery of CCTV services to assist ARN with their CCTV renewal programme. Sella Controls will be working in partnership with Vextrix Management and ARN’s Property Team – Project Delivery Manager Rick Jones to deliver new SISS telecommunications equipment and enhancement works at each location. This approach has created delivery efficiencies for the end client reducing the overall cost of the scheme.

Matthew Watson, Sella Controls’ SISS Sales Engineer commented: “The award of this contract comes following the successful completion of similar works at other stations for Arriva Rail North. Previous schemes have provided valuable experience and an in-depth knowledge of the difficulties encountered when delivering station telecommunication enhancements and renewals. As a result, we believe we were able to offer a very practical and cost effective approach to the scheme.”

Safe and secure
IN 152 dBalfour Beatty has praised a new secure data collection platform as an ‘amazing development’ which has created seven-figure cost savings over 12 months on its Greater West electrification programme.

Called eviFile, the software as a service (SaaS) platform is believed to be the first in the world developed to adhere to the principles set out by the Home Office in The Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) digital evidence guidelines. Balfour Beatty is currently completing an overhead line electrification project between Bristol and Cardiff across 40 miles (65km) of track, as part of the £5.58bn Great Western route modernisation commissioned by Network Rail in 2010.

The contractor introduced eviFile’s digital progressive assurance methodology to replace its paper-based approach and enhance efficiencies. The platform, which was configured to the contractor’s exact reporting processes, has enabled Balfour Beatty to speed up field data capture and transmission of quality information to field engineers, managers and Network Rail.

Balfour Beatty has also replaced thousands of paper records with automated electronic reports, as eviFile provides a clear and tamper-proof audit trail of quality referrals within the contractor’s inspection tests.

Managing director of Leeds-based eviFile, Luke Allen, added: “Rail is necessarily a highly risk averse sector, but eviFile meets and exceeds the levels of assurance and evidence major contractors are demanding. We were able to give Balfour Beatty a rigorous approach to site data capture and workflow improvements which saved time and money. We can make a complete evidence pack within ten seconds which could take months using traditional methods. Our tamper-proof digital evidence can also help contractors avoid costly legal disputes.”

Safety on track
With train travel increasingly prevalent, passenger safety is paramount and tesa, one of the world’s leading tape manufacturers, is taking safety guidelines seriously by meeting the requirements of IN 152 brail vehicle manufacturers and investing heavily in testing and developing fire protection tape for the industry.
tesa 4965, the latest fire-certified tape, is the first of its range. A transparent double-sided self-adhesive tape consisting of a PET backing and a tackified acrylic adhesive, its outstanding technical properties fulfils all the requirements of DIN EN 45545-2 R1 and HL3, the highest hazard level. To provide rail passengers with a comfortable and pleasant journey, tesa tapes are used to separate different types of materials and provide good noise damping properties.

tesa 4965 adhesive tape also helps ensure easy and efficient assembling jobs, such as quick mounting of ABS parts, application of rubber and EPDM profiles, bonding of moldings, signs and aluminium sheets and bonding to LSE surfaces.

In addition, tesa 4965 is perfect for the most demanding applications such as heavy stress, high temperatures up to 200°C or critical substrates. The tape’s robust MOPP liner prevents tearing when removed, optimising the production process – with immediate usability after assembly.

Other safety elements focusing on passenger hazards include protection against slipping on steps and walkways, exposed areas inside and outside the carriage and permanent fixation of insulation materials and body parts.

Trade connection for Scotland
IN 152 cPD Ports has launched a second rail service connecting Teesport direct with Scotland opening up further opportunities to connect global importers and exporters with the north of the UK.

The new service is operated by DB Cargo, and will run five days a week from the quayside at Teesport to PD Stirling Terminal at Mossend in Glasgow. The timings of the service operate in direct connection with the P&O Ferries service calling daily at Teesport from Zeebrugge and Rotterdam; providing a vital connection for shippers, shipping lines and forwarders looking for frequent, flexible and efficient routes to market.

Frans Calje, CEO at PD Ports, pointed out the significance of the deal: “Our second rail service to Scotland is a major milestone for Teesport and the wider Tees Valley. It symbolises the tremendous sense of confidence and trust global shippers have in the Port to deliver peace of mind, unlike other congested UK and European hub ports.

“Frequency and reliability is fundamental to the success of our customers’ existence. We have vessels arriving at Teesport from the Baltics every 30 hours and every 48 hours from Poland with direct rail connections from the quayside to Scotland twice a day, five days a week.

“This frequency breeds trust and confidence amongst shippers that they can transport their goods from Europe to Scotland within a 36-hour period, minimising cost and carbon emissions.”

In Brief
Compensation update
After listening to customer feedback Greater Anglia has improved its compensation process, so that its customers can now opt to have their compensation paid straight back into their bank account via BACS. The option is now live on the online form at and is due to be added to paper forms over the next few weeks. On average about 87 per cent of Greater Anglia trains run on time, but the company’s ‘Delay Repay’ scheme compensates customers on the occasions there are delays of 30 minutes or more.

Environmental winner
The prestigious Green Apple awards have recognised the outstanding work that South Western Railway (SWR), in collaboration with its waste broker SWRnewstar is doing to minimise its environmental impact. SWR has received a Gold award in the Environmental Excellence category. Over the past 12 months, SWR has made some significant improvements including increasing its recycling to 78% overall – 3900 tonnes, hitting its zero waste to landfill eight months early and arranging for its old uniforms to be reused or donated to charities.

Living Wage commitment
ScotRail has contributed £800 million to the country’s economy since becoming one of the largest organisations in Scotland to receive Living Wage accreditation. In addition to the benefits to ScotRail’s 5000 employees, £250 million is also spent each year on the extended supply chain, with all major contracts requiring companies to pay their employees the Living Wage.

The commitment to the Living Wage in the organisation includes trainees and the company intern programme, recognising the role all employees make to the business. ScotRail Head of Economic Development James Ledgerwood said: “The economic benefits of this are clear to see and we urge other employers to become Living Wage accredited too.”

Enhanced assets
Société du Grand Paris, the company in charge of the future Grand Paris Express urban rail network, has selected Thales and its partners to design and deploy the onboard systems for lines 15, 16 and 17 of the new system, which is one of the largest projects of its kind in Europe. The latest-generation systems installed on board the trains will enhance passenger safety and improve the passenger experience by providing permanent access to travel information, multimedia content and connectivity services. The 20-year contract involves equipping 159 trains to serve a total of 125 km of new lines.

Next gen fare collection
INIT has been contracted by the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) in the metropolitan area of Seattle, Washington to deliver the next generation ORCA electronic fare system in the Central Puget Sound Region. The system will revolutionise the Central Puget Sound’s transit customer experience by providing more convenient locations to purchase ORCA media and value, real-time account-management and fare processing, as well as the opportunity to easily use mobile devices to pay fares.

Improved performance
Polish rail network PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. has selected Frequentis to provide its dispatcher terminals and communication nodes as part of a nationwide GSM-R mobile communications network to be deployed by Prime Contractor Nokia. Poland will become one of the first customers to use the latest release of Frequentis’ fixed terminal rail communication system, FTS 3020, featuring the new DICORA S20 operator working position with touch screen and new AudioHub, together with the DIVOS recording solution for the legal recording of all calls and data over the entire GSM-R network, including geographical redundancy thanks to the locations of the Core Nodes.