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Countdown to Railtex and Infrarail

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The countdown has started to the spring edition of Railtex / Infrarail 2022, the number one showcase for railway technology and infrastructure in the UK. Taking place on 10-12 May at Olympia London, the event will once again bring together the entire industry, presenting the latest developments in sustainable and smart rail operations.

After a successful restart in September 2021, the coming edition promises plenty of products and services, impressive on-track displays, and a high-profile conference programme.

“Last September was all about restoring opportunities for the rail sector to finally reconnect and meet in person” said Olaf Freier, Railtex / Infrarail Portfolio Director on behalf of event organiser Mack-Brooks Exhibitions. “For the upcoming show in May, we will intensify our efforts to further promote and support the rail industry’s progress in the post-pandemic world which will very much depend on the successful delivery of technology across the network.”

Visitors can expect an impressive array of technologies and innovations on display, with exhibits covering rolling stock technology, track and infrastructure, signalling and communications, vehicle maintenance equipment, rolling stock leasing, electronics, and many other specialised products for the efficient and safe operation of rail and public transport systems.

The popular On-Track Display Area, sponsored by British Steel, will once again give buyers the opportunity to see track-related equipment in an authentic rail setting, and the exhibition’s two-stream Conference Programme will feature a broad range of topics and sessions to address key challenges and opportunities facing the rail industry. The conference programme is again sponsored by partner RIA, and all sessions are free to attend and CPD certified.

In addition to all of this, the Recruitment Wall will provide opportunities to discuss career options within this exciting industry. Powered by www.RailwayPeople.com (part of Rail Media Group), the Recruitment Wall will feature a live feed displaying exhibitor’s vacancies. Interested candidates will be able to speak with recruiters directly or can apply online.

For more information, including the latest list of Exhibitors please visit www.railtex.co.uk

Providing talented professionals
Advanced Resource Managers (ARM)

(ARM) works with some of the biggest consultancies, best-known contractors and busiest local authorities in the UK. Considered true experts within the industry, ARM’s rail consultants possess a combined 25 years’ experience and specialise in permanent, contract and fixed term placements across a broad range of skillsets for this very niche sector.

ARM is proud to work with a wide range of businesses across a number of sub-sectors within rail and infrastructure. It supplies talented professionals to customers who work in multiple disciplines and have delivered complex assignments for some of the industry’s leading specialist companies, including client organisations, design consultancies, cost engineers, and contractors, based both in the UK and around the world.

Quality and professionalism
Anderton Concrete

Anderton Concrete has its roots deeply set in traditions, manufacturing excellence and dedication to customer service that have existed for many years. The company has been manufacturing precast concrete products for over 60 years and, as such, the name Anderton Concrete Products has become synonymous with product quality and deliverability within the rail industry.

Anderton Concrete is part of Ibstock plc, a group of companies which manufactures and distributes a wide range of products servicing a breadth of construction needs. The group’s product offering ranges from walling, roofing, rail and infrastructure to garden and landscaping, flooring and groundwork, bespoke services and much more.

Keeping workers safe and comfortable
Ballyclare Ltd

Ballyclare has been keeping railway workers safe and comfortable for over 100 years, with a solid reputation as a designer, manufacturer and supplier of high-quality rail workwear and highly technical protective clothing. The company’s comprehensive range of products provides solutions for on-track and lineside workers in a wide variety of roles.

The arc protection multi-hazard collection combines modern styling and outstanding levels of
flame resistance, as well as arc, weld and anti-static protection. Included in the range are polo shirts, sweatshirts, trousers and coveralls.

Ballyclare’s new PPE ECO range, designed in partnership with Network Rail and end-users, reflects the company’s commitment to sustainability. The garments are largely manufactured from recycled polyester materials recovered from plastic bottles and offer a high degree of recyclability at the end of their working life.

High-performance steel products
British Steel

British Steel is a leading European steel manufacturer, producing around 3 million tonnes of quality steel products each year. Our high-performance steel products and technical services are helping build stronger futures for high speed, heavy duty, mixed traffic, metro and tramway networks. Our premium rail offering includes HP335, Zinoco® and weathering steel to address the issues of wear, RCF and corrosion.

Join us to discover how we can help you extend track life and cut your life cycle costs. We’ll be showing world-leading solutions to combat wear, rolling contact fatigue and corrosion.

Complete workforce solutions
Ganymede Solutions

Ganymede specialises in recruiting the best technical and engineering talent, and providing complete workforce solutions to help build and maintain infrastructure and transportation for a wide range of UK clients.

As part of the RTC Group, an AIM-listed recruitment group, Ganymede is a market leader in providing a diverse range of people solutions to the rail, energy, construction, highways and transportation sectors. With offices strategically located across the country, it provides its clients with the benefit of a national network of skilled personnel combined with local expertise.

Talk to Ganymede for all your people resourcing needs including labour supply, white and blue collar recruitment, and executive search.

Intelligent, sustainable solutions

Mallatite is an established manufacturer and distributor of traffic management, sign posts, and street lighting products, and part of the Hill & Smith Holdings PLC Roads Infrastructure Division.

Following the integration of Signature Limited to the Mallatite Brand as of August 2016, Mallatite now has three site locations, Oldbury, Chesterfield, and Inchinnan, where manufacturing takes place, complemented by a sales and distribution network throughout the UK.

Mallatite’s extensive product portfolio ranges from bollards, signlights, pedestrian equipment, signs, steel and passively-safe posts and columns, signals and interactive signs, to airfield signals, bus shelters and subway lighting. Its intelligent products are designed with sustainability and innovation in mind.

Celebrating the heart of the rail industry, its people
RailStaff Awards

Since 1997, RailStaff has reported on the dedication, courage and bravery of many individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, yet there was no-one saying ‘thank you’ or ‘well done’. RailStaff wanted to change that. So the RailStaff Awards was launched in 2007, to recognise the great achievements of all the amazing people who work on the railway.

The ceremony shows appreciation for the people who deliver the railway – from drivers to cleaners, and engineers to station staff. Often these are stories of lives saved, careers turned around and adversity conquered.

The RailStaff Awards is the only rail industry awards that celebrates its people, and:

  • Raises the profile of sponsors and employers alike.
  • Entertain guests at the rail industry’s biggest party.
  • Encourages networking in a relaxed and friendly environment.
  • Recognises those employees who go the extra mile.

Join us this year as we honour more unsung heroes of the railway.

This year’s awards will be held on Thursday 24th November 2022 at The NEC, Birmingham.

For more information or to nominate someone, please visit www.RailStaffAwards.com

Connecting the UK rail industry for over 25 years
Rail Media

Rail Media, the UK’s leading media group dedicated to the rail industry, gives companies the chance to connect.

We want to help – whether it’s keeping you informed about industry news, introducing you to like-minded professionals or finding that ideal candidate for a role within your company.

We publish two industry-leading magazines, RailStaff and Rail Engineer.

As well as all the latest news, RailStaff carries articles on training and skills, has regular features on wellbeing, health and safety, freight, and covers major industry events, while being the home of recruitment and careers.

Rail Engineer is the leading independent, free, quality monthly magazine for rail engineers, project managers, directors and executive decision-makers. It is essential reading for everyone involved or interested in the engineering side of railways.

Besides publishing the latest up-to-date railway engineering news, our writing team of experienced engineers reports on the engineering and technical aspects of many of the major projects being undertaken day in – day out, above and below ground, and across the globe.

We also run the largest rail job site RailwayPeople.com and organise conferences and awards events such as the ‘Rail Safety Summit’ and ‘The RailStaff Awards’.

Connecting the UK rail industry for over 25 years.

Matching skills with opportunities
Recruitment Wall (powered by RailwayPeople.com)


Recruitment and retention are key concerns for companies throughout the rail industry supply chain. The existing skills shortage, coupled with demands for experienced staff from other industries, will put more emphasis than ever on the challenges of finding – and retaining – the skills that companies rely on to deliver projects on time and on budget.

Powered by RailwayPeople.com, the rail industry’s leading online job board, the Railtex Recruitment Wall gives exhibitors the chance to promote their vacancies to the wider Rail Industry and provides a central focus for those looking for new career opportunities with market-leading employers.

Whether you are a candidate, a recruiter, an employment agency, involved in labour supply or just want to see what’s out there, check out the Recruitment Wall on stand B16.

Launched in 2001, RailwayPeople.com provides the perfect platform to fill your vacancies.

We know that attracting the right candidates to your career opportunities is important so we offer a range of products and services to help you achieve this.

Alongside its growing database and long-term relationships, RailwayPeople.com offers a wealth of advertising options helping to ensure you maximise your reach to the wider rail industry.

The RailwayPeople.com platform which provides a fully responsive site along with improved search capabilities and search engine optimisation will soon launch an all new site with new features that will help recruiters and candidates get a much improved service.

As all great recruiters are aware, it is attracting the right candidate for your role that is important so we offer a range of helpful facilities to help you do just that.

Contact us to find out more about the options and solutions available. Please visit: www.RailwayPeople.com

Improving health and safety

Since 2003, the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has been helping its members to continually improve health, safety and wellbeing performance.

By being part of the RSSB, you are better able to collaborate with others, help shape solutions to issues of concern and benefit from the positive results and efficiencies.

Through research, standards, analysis and insight, the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) drives improvements in health and wellbeing, and in delivering a safer, more efficient and sustainable rail system. It works in a close collaborative partnership with its members to ensure that all areas of their operations are as safe and efficient as possible.

Safe systems for the future
Schweizer Electronic

As a market leader in track worker safety and level crossings, Schweizer Electronic’s innovative, cost-effective solutions are deployed extensively in the support of safety on track.

Schweizer Electronic has designed, manufactured, and installed level crossings and track worker protection systems across Europe for over 50 years. Now fully approved in the UK for its Flex MSL crossings and Lynx Automatic Track Warning Systems, it is now focused on how these products can develop into the safe systems for the future.

Safety critical solutions
Sella Controls

Sella Controls is a premier supplier of Control and Safety Critical Solutions to the UK and global rail industry. Established in 1974, it has supplied fully integrated solutions across the world for both Rail Infrastructure and Mobile Solutions.

The company offers a full turnkey solution from conceptual design through to completion and post handover maintenance services.

At Railtex / Infrarail, Sella Controls will be showcasing a range of solutions that demonstrate the range of its capabilities including Traction Power Control, Depot Control, ASDO and Level Crossing Control.

Deep tech innovation
Telent Technology Services Ltd


Telent is a leading technology company and specialist in the design, build, support and management of the UK’s critical digital infrastructure, drawing on decades of experience in mission critical communications and technology.

Key to its success is its talented staff, who have expert knowledge of the industries Telent operates in, the mission critical systems the company works on and the technologies it works with.

Deep tech innovation
Thales UK

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and ‘deep tech’ innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and quantum computing – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies.

The group provides its customers – businesses, organisations and governments – in the defence, aeronautics, space, transport, digital identity and security domains with solutions, services, and products that help them fulfil their critical role.

This May, Thales will be providing demonstrations of a wide range of rail solutions from across its mainline rail, urban rail, and digital services portfolios.

High value rail services
Yellow Rail

Yellow Rail is the service arm of the Yellow Group of companies, delivering safety critical services to passenger and freight sectors in the UK, from its Derby service centre site or remotely.

Yellow provides high value (safety critical) rail services and innovative niche technologies to its rail clients, to improve their asset performance, availability, and end user experience; whilst providing opportunity for its talented workforce to continually develop to meet the challenges they face and to ensure a good return for its shareholders.

Inspiring the next generation
Young Rail Professionals (YRP)

Young Rail Professionals (YRP) was founded in 2009 to promote the rail industry as a great place to work, inspire the next generation of railway talent and develop young people to reach their potential.

YRP brings together people from all aspects of the industry, whether they are involved in engineering, asset management, train operations, strategic planning, maintenance, franchising, regulation, marketing, human relations or otherwise.

There is no age limit to becoming a member – generally, our events are aimed at members with 10 years or less experience in their rail career.

We are a not-for-profit organisation led by committees of volunteers and governed by our constitution.
Membership is free and we do not charge for any of our professional development events or ambassador activities. Our networking events are subsidised to ensure they are affordable and accessible to all our members.

We are grateful to our Corporate Members who cover the operating costs of YRP and subsidise many activities for our members.

To learn more about the YRP and speak with our executive committee, please visit us on stand B01.

Reducing risk in rail depots

RSSB data shows there has been no notable reduction in workforce harm at rail depots in the last five years.

Don’t be fooled into thinking this is because the risks are already low. The safety board’s latest Annual Health and Safety Report showed depots accounted for 20% of all workforce harm in 2020/21 and a third of all fatalities in the last five years.

You might also be surprised to learn that although empty coaching stock (typically moved around in maintenance environments) makes up only 4% of train service, it is responsible for 20% of the signals passed at danger nationally.

So why do depots continue to expose workers to such high levels of risk and why is the industry not placing greater emphasis on reducing potential threats to worker safety?

Statistical analysis of depot safety
We all know depots are dangerous places – moving vehicles, high voltage electricity and powerful machinery are part of everyday life – but it is possible to evaluate their safety requirements.

A reliability assessment is a statistical process for applying historical failure data to the proposed design and configuration of safety systems. The result is known as the Safety Integrity Level (SIL) and is defined as the relative risk reduction provided by the technology. In simple terms, SIL is a measurement of the performance required for a safety instrumented function to be appropriate.

An impartial assessment determined that for a depot protection system to allow safe vehicle movements around maintenance facilities, it should meet the demands of SIL 2. To demonstrate compliance, the system needs to be assessed in full, and both hardware and software must be developed in line with recommended techniques and measures from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Sheffield-based rail safety specialist, Zonegreen, works tirelessly to develop ways to reduce risk in maintenance facilities. To this end, its flagship Depot Personnel Protection System (DPPS) has been SIL 2 certified.

DPPS allows the safe and effective control of vehicles in depots, providing physical protection to workers. The functional assessment carried out covered the whole system and the results were conclusive. Its hardware and software has been independently assessed as satisfying the clauses of IEC61508 to the rigour and content required by a SIL 2 integrity requirement.

DPPS has been specifically designed to mitigate the risks faced by maintenance staff and because it is an off the shelf product that is configured to each depot layout, every installation now comes with the reassurance of SIL 2.

Meet Zonegreen at Railtex
Zonegreen will be showcasing its market-leading DPPS at Railtex on May 10-12, on stand D17 at Olympia in London. Throughout the event, the firm’s technical director and global expert in depot protection, Christian Fletcher, will be delivering informative and educational workshops about the risks to staff in maintenance depots.

To register your interest in attending Zonegreen’s Railtex workshops or for more information about its suite of safety systems, telephone (0114) 230 0822 or visit www.zonegreen.co.uk

Rail Engineer is the leading independent quality monthly magazine for engineers, project managers, directors and leading rail executive decision makers. Head to www.railsubs.com to make a free subscription to RailEngineer magazine or one of its sister publications.


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