Contractors and Sub Contractors to the Railway Industry

Contractors and Sub Contractors to the Railway Industry

02nd March 2015

We recently explained all about CE Marking to give our readers an informed view about this mandatory marking for construction products in the European Economic Area (EEA).   As of 1st July, 2014, it’s a criminal offence for contractors to ignore the CE Mark standard and doing so brings the added risk of rendering project insurance and warranties invalid. 

One industry in which CE Marked supplies are absolutely essential is the railway industry here in the UK.  The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) recently issued a final determination of Network Rail’s Control Period 5 (2014-2019) with a budget of £35.5 billion.  This is the highest level of investment in the UK rail industry since the Victorian era, so we’re sure to see contractors flocking to get involved with delivering the rail sector projects that are sure to come.   This massive investment is likely to boost the British economy by creating and sustaining businesses and jobs during the coming years with the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link between London and the North being the most important of the projects to come in the next few years.

Contractors and suppliers to the rail industry can now invest in the machinery and staff that is likely to be necessary and CE Marking is a vital consideration in all aspects of the work.   Mandatory CE Marking is one of the most significant changes to the UK construction industry for a decade and requires that all steelwork constructors have in place assessed systems and procedures demonstrating Factory Production Control to BS EN 1090-1.  This control includes welding coordination and a welding quality management system that is independently certified to BS EN ISO 3834-2:  Comprehensive requirements.

All of our production control systems at Safety Fabrications have been assessed and approved to allow us to be one of the first UK companies accredited to apply the CE Mark to our products.  This means that all of our customers can enjoy the confidence that our products are manufactured to the essential European Health, safety, environmental and quality requirements. 

Network Rail is dedicated to planning and delivering a safe working programme with an environment where everybody (NR employees, contractors or sub-contractors) behave safety and understand the part they play in keeping themselves and others safe while working on the railways.  Their safety motto is “Everyone home safe everyday”. 

The Rail Industry Contractors Association (RICA) was established in 1999 to represent the interests of small and medium businesses within the rail industry.  RICA’s mission statement is to help members to provide the best possible service to the rail industry through:

  • INFORMATION: Provision of timely and accurate market intelligence
  • INFLUENCE: Giving members a part in a strong collective voice
  • INTEGRITY: Denoting a high quality service with a firm commitment to safety

Contractors to the rail industry can rest assured when they purchase equipment from Safety Fabrications that all of our products are CE Marked and suitable for use when undertaking railway projects.