Published: 28th August 2013
The rail industry is operated by rail companies, or is it? But the huge behind the scenes activities often go unreported and taken for granted. Rail.co.uk takes a look at part of the railway engineering supply chain which has to have consistently high standards across their operations.
Rail supply company Keyline has been awarded the Gold Standard by the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) for the second year in succession. The company, the only builder’s merchant supplier to the rail industry has retained the Transport for London (TfL) accolade which forms part of their London freight distribution initiative.
The Gold Standard is awarded recognising the highest levels of safety, efficiency and environmental responsibility which Keyline’s fleet operation has delivered over the last couple of years. The company deliver time-critical supplies to rail engineering sites run by Crossrail, Tfl and Network Rail across their networks.
It is part of the well-known Travis Perkins Group and has met demanding performance criteria alongside improving sustainability measured against operational targets reducing CO2 emissions and vehicle incidents while improving efficiency and maintaining high levels of health and safety.
Richard Wade, Rail Sector Manager at Keyline said: “Keyline is committed to the highest levels of safety, efficiency and environmental responsibility to meet the needs of Network Rail, London Underground and Crossrail. Earlier this year we became the first building materials provider to achieve the required level.
This annual award requires our transport operation to prove that the standards set out the previous year have been maintained and that we are continuing to stay ahead of our competitors in the way that we purchase and operate our fleet of vehicles, apply safety equipment and train our drivers.”
FORS is part of the wider London Freight Plan and provides a quality and performance benchmark for the freight industry and has bronze, silver and gold membership levels which reward best practise and operational excellence.
Platform safety is never questioned by millions of rail passengers – it is taken for granted but there is an industry behind this unquestioning attitude. Keyline has introduced a new tactile anti-slip system for use on platforms which will be used around the network.
They have teamed up with Tactile Antislip Systems & Services Ltd (TASS Ltd) and will supply their ‘Bumpeez’ solution designed to enhance platform safety, simplify installation and minimise environmental impact.
This is a new stainless steel tactile stud with colour contrasting anti-slip resin providing a compliant tactile for platform edges that can be quickly and efficiently installed. It has been approved for use by London Underground and Network Rail and can be in any colour and is also luminous if required.
Perhaps more importantly the surface can be laid without drilling by using an adhesive weld system to surfaces made of natural stone, porcelains, ceramics, vinyl’s, wood, glass, concrete and metals. It also removes the need for platform edge warning paving and reduces costs by obviating the need for a track possession and associated train service disruption.
Costs are further reduced by using two-thirds less material than current practises and can be installed without using power tools bringing the environmentally responsible aspect of the innovation.
Ken Quinn, Managing Director at Tactile Antislip Systems & Services Ltd commented: “Keyline is the leading provider of materials and products to the rail sector making them the ideal partner for our Bumpeez solution. The award-winning, anti-slip studs incorporate unique features and have been designed to revolutionise the safety alert tactile industry, so provides significant opportunities within the marketplace for both organisations.”
Richard Wade, Rail Sector Manager at Keyline said: “We are working closely with industry-leading and like-minded businesses such as TASS Ltd to secure the latest and most innovative products and technologies available. This will ensure we are best placed to meet the needs of contractors working in the rail sector to help reduce costs, minimise disruption and ultimately boost operational performance.”
UK based civil engineering and construction specialist Livis is another rail industry supplier has teamed up with Keyline and will now source products and materials through the latter’s National Rail Office.
They will supply all civil engineering and specialist rail products and materials for platform, trackside and tunneling projects using its nationwide network of branches. A 24/7 emergency response service will also be available offering round-the-clock access to essential supplies and delivery of materials for all planned and unplanned railway engineering work.
Keyline’s Network Rail, Transport for London and Crossrail compliant team of drivers and fleet of vehicles will be used to deliver materials using the highest levels of health and safety in the process.
Matt Davidson, National Rail Manager at Keyline said: “We are unique in the marketplace with the ability to deliver complete solutions, providing an unrivalled range of civil engineering and specialist rail products and materials. As a result, we are working with an increasing number of MAFA, track work, civil engineering and building, Network Rail and London Underground contractors within the marketplace.