We are pleased to announce that OSL have been re-instated as an IRSE Assessing agency (IAA). Thank you to all of those involved for making this happen.
The following individuals are responsible for the day to day management of the IAA:
- Assessing Agency Manager (AAM) – Malcolm Bennett
- Deputy Assessing Agency Manager (DAAM) – Kevin Jack
- Senior Leadership Team Responsible Manager – Paul Taylor
Please could any IRSE Licence related questions/ queries be directed to Malcom Bennett or Paul Taylor as first point of contact.
The minor signalling frameworks, which are split into 17 route-based lots have been awarded as follows:
- Amaro Signalling – South East
- AMCO – Scotland, South East and Wales
- Amey – Wales, Wessex and Western
- Balfour Beatty – London North Eastern & East Midlands, Wessex and Western
- Linbrooke – Anglia, Western and London North West
- OSL Global – Scotland
- Volker Rail – Anglia, London North Eastern & East Midlands, London North West
The frameworks will deliver minor signalling and refurbishment works, supporting Network Rail’s Works Delivery teams.
Martin Robinson, commercial director signalling said: “The minor signalling framework awards are the second awards in a three-tier approach to signalling delivery for CP6 which aims to recognise the differing signalling work banks we have to deliver. The awards have gone to signalling suppliers that between them, have many years of experience supporting our maintenance and delivery teams and will help Network Rail to continue to improve the signalling asset condition and in turn improve reliability for passengers over the coming years.
We wanted to take the time out to say it was great meeting you at Railtex! Our speakers thoroughly enjoyed speaking at the RIA knowledge hub and we all enjoyed making new connections and catching up with current clients. With offices across the UK and India we work on some of the most demanding and challenging railway projects, safely, on time and on budget. If you would like more information about OSL and our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
An interesting historical post that has been shared about our signal box!
“There is a fascinating post by Sybil Ruscoe over on the Wem Shropshire, History & Nostalgia page, about Aston Park, once a US-run military stores centre, but now the Industrial Estate and Lower Lacon Caravan Park. During the war, Aston Park had a considerable rail network for the delivery of materiel for the war effort, with sidings alongside the main line and tracks running down between the lines of buildings where the access roads now run.
“The Camp” was busy enough that it had its own signal box to control access to the internal rail system, which was wood-built and extraordinarily large for the job it was required to do – perhaps it was the first signal box that the LMS Railway had to hand that could be put up at short notice.
Following the war, the signal box became superfluous when the rail link was severed, and at some point thereafter (the date seems unclear) it was moved to a position adjacent to Nantwich station to control the Wellington Road level crossing. It obviously became superfluous at the same time as the Wem town signal box but, unlike our town box, it survived demolition, and is now part of OSL Global’s railway training site at Crewe.”
Safety is the foundation of OSL’s business and we are committed to ensuring the safety of all stakeholders. We’re sharing some images of the Kilkerran site compound in Scotland today to show ‘What good looks like from a welfare set up perspective’.
It’s a good example because it provides clear segregation between vehicles and pedestrians, reverse parking, and good use of space through double story of welfare units. This compound is also connected to the electrical mains to remove the requirement to have generators. #SpotlightOnSafety
We are passionate about promoting awareness amongst young people of the importance of level crossing safety. Here is our Systems TIC who regularly volunteers his time to educate local Scouts Cubs about railway level crossing safety and electricity awareness. Great work!
Network Rail have also produced a level crossings user guide for young people here: https://bit.ly/2OjY5s5
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Female students meet industry experts to highlight the opportunities young women have within the STEM industry.
Crewe Engineering and Design UTC, a school for 14-19 year olds, held its first Women into STEM event on Friday 26th April. Attended by all their female students, the school invited a variety of women from different areas of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths industry. The event was to showcase the wide range of careers available and the importance of women taking opportunities within this stereotypical male dominated environment.
Attended by businesses such as Network Rail, Cheshire Police, OSL Global, Bentley Motors, Balfour Beatty, SP Energy Network and Barclays Bank, students listened to short presentations about career journeys and then took part in a “speed dating” style networking event. Students were split into small groups and got the opportunity to visit each employer to ask questions about company they work for and the responsibilities within their job role.
Opening the event, Dr Georgina Harris, a Trustee of Crewe UTC, said:
“Engineering and Design is the most creative and challenging career to which anyone can aspire. Engineering is responsible for the innovation, design, development and manufacture of everything in the world that does not occur naturally. It is vital that there are products, processes and innovations suitable for everyone: this means that everyone needs to take part in their creation.”
The mutual passion of encouraging young females into STEM careers is what brought Crewe UTC and employers together for this event.
Carla Gonen, a Quantity Surveyor at OSL Global, advised the female students:
“Be a credible professional and people will respect you for your ability and not your gender.”
Karen Sudworth, Vice Principal of Crewe UTC, added:
“It’s important to us as a school of Engineering and Design that our female cohort realise their potential and strive to achieve their careers goals. We are immensely proud that our cohort of female students is now at 23%, which is higher than the national average of 9% of women in Engineering.”