Infrarail and CITE draw 6,600 to Docklands venue A total of 242 companies exhibited at Infrarail and the Civil Infrastructure & Technology Exhibition – CITE 2016 at ExCeL London from 12 to 14 April. Nearly 5,300 managers, engineers and rail industry and infrastructure specialists visited the combined shows, and with some 1,300 additionally present on exhibitors’ stands, 6,600 people attended the three-day event. Most were from the UK but there was a strong international flavour too, with 51 countries represented. This was the first time that ExCeL had hosted Infrarail and CITE and only the second occasion CITE had been staged alongside the rail show. For some exhibitors and visitors it was a new venue. Many attending the event were impressed not only by ExCeL but also by the extent to which Docklands has already been developed, revealing a new part of the capital. Much of this development has been made possible by the Docklands Light Railway, a point made by Claire Perry MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport. When she opened the shows on 12 April she cited the DLR as an example of ‘the power of rail to transform’. The Docklands area will be further boosted by the opening of Crossrail – the Elizabeth Line – in 2018. Feedback from exhibitors was very positive, with many
reporting that they had met key contacts and secured potentially valuable new business leads. Exhibition Manager Kirsten Whitehouse was very satisfied with the success of the two shows. “In terms of both visitor numbers and exhibitor support, this year’s combined event fully met our expectations,” she said. “Any initial concerns about the move to ExCeL London turned into warm approval for the venue. There was also welcome positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors confirming that CITE was an important part of the overall event.” She added: “We warmly thank everyone who contributed to making this year’s exhibition such a success. Exhibitors, visitors, speakers and participants in discussion groups as well as our show partners all played important roles in delivering an event that was especially well received by everyone taking part.” In this Show Review we look back at some of the highlights of the event, first with a snapshot of Infrarail, then reflections on CITE 2016. We also turn our attention to Railtex 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham next May. Find out more about our next UK show on page 15. The Infrarail and CITE team
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Infrarail keynotes set the scene Infrarail and CITE were formally opened on 12 April by Claire Perry MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport. After a tour of the exhibition she delivered an upbeat keynote address that pointed to the big opportunities being created by major rail projects in which the government is investing. She also reminded the industry of the role it has to play and the high expectations of it.
Claire Perry called on the rail supply industry to build on a strong home market to develop the potential for exports.
Her speech focused on three main areas – context and expectations, skills, and exports. Setting the current very busy market scene, she listed £38 billion of spending in progress on developing the existing UK network including highly visible major station upgrades, plus the electrification programme, as well as Crossrail, Thameslink and HS2, where there will be ‘spades in the ground’ next year. In the longer term plans for HS3 in the north of England and Crossrail 2 in London are taking shape. Together these projects represent levels of investment not seen since the Victorian era, she claimed. The minister acknowledged the role of the rail industry in developing and delivering these projects and complemented the ‘fantastic supply chain’. The level of government investment demonstrates its confidence in the industry, she said, but expectations of it were never higher. A key area will be skills. Claire Perry said that thousands more people were needed by the industry. HS2 alone would employ 25,000 during the construction phase, while 3,000 more will be needed for its operation. With half of existing staff due to retire over the next 15 years, new blood is urgently needed. Apprenticeships and institutions like the National College for High Speed Rail have important roles and more women need to be encouraged to join the industry, she said. At present only 17% of rail employees are
women, well below the national average. A further challenge to the industry is to grow exports, the Minister said, to capture the huge opportunities in a market estimated to be worth £128 billion next year. She called on the UK industry to double exports over the next five years.
Hendy: digital railway ‘vital’ Claire Perry’s presentation was the first of three keynote addresses that drew large audiences in the Seminar Theatre. In his keynote speech on the second day of the show, Network Rail Chairman Sir Peter Hendy CBE stressed how vital the railway was to the UK and pointed to the success of a system in which passenger numbers have doubled in 20 years, while government subsidy is only 40% of the average international level. Britain’s railway is the most congested in Europe, he said, and any problems that occur tend to rebound with little or no recovery potential. For that reason, he sees as vital the development of the ‘digital railway’ and its spread to the whole network in a process he calls ‘metroisation’ of the railway which he hopes will create a model for the rest of Europe. Sir Peter said he agrees with the devolution recommendations in Nicola Shaw’s recent report ‘The future shape and financing of Network Rail’. He also feels that third party funding will be needed to carry through some schemes as the Treasury won’t finance everything. End-users should expect to pay for some of the benefits of rail investment, he said.
The capacity enhancing role to be played by the digital railway was highlighted by Network Rail Chairman Sir Peter Hendy.
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LUL investment continues Neatly, the keynote address on the third day of Infrarail was by David Waboso CBE. Neatly because he joins Network Rail in June as Managing Director, Digital Railway. However, in his presentation he was speaking in his current role as Capital Programmes Director at London Underground. He outlined the challenge of modernising a network where passenger demand is outstripping capacity and on which some legacy systems remain, such as signalling technology which in certain instances is 40 years old or more. He also reminded his audience that London Underground has to operate within strict budget constraints and that Transport for London faces many other claims for funding. Notwithstanding these challenges, he listed many recent achievements and ongoing projects, including the almost complete modernisation of the rolling stock fleets on the Sub Surface Lines, network capacity enhancements and increases in train frequencies thanks to the adoption of CBTC technology, and the greater use of overnight possessions to avoid weekend closures. Looking further ahead, David Waboso reminded his audience that the London Underground system will benefit from investments of some £16 billion over the next 25 years, including the £2.5 billion New Tube for London – 250 trainsets which will equip the Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City lines by the early 2020s.
Seminar highlights As well as serving as a venue for the keynote speeches, the Infrarail Seminar Theatre was the setting for three ‘streams’ of events running over all three days of the show – Industry Seminars hosted by Rail Engineer, The Platform discussion sessions devised and moderated by RTM – Rail Technology Magazine – and Project Updates reporting on current major rail infrastructure programmes, presented by show organisers Mack Brooks. Rail Engineer’s programme of Industry Seminars began with Thomas Schaad of ABB speaking on Innovation in Electrification and Automation. Chris Harris of Tratos chose Cables for a Digital Railway as his topic, and Mario Appello of TE Connectivity discussed materials for marking cables to meet current fire standards. Beth Dean, Reaction to Fire Technical Specialist at Exova Warringtonfire, explained recent changes in train fire safety requirements and the testing to go alongside them.
ABB’s Thomas Schaad was a speaker in the Industry Seminars programme (image courtesy Rail Media/High Viz Media).
London Underground’s David Waboso explained how the capital’s network is responding to ever increasing passenger numbers.
The Networking Reception at the close of the first day of Infrarail and CITE offered a chance to relax with colleagues while music was provided by The Nutmegs. 6 INFRARAIL & CITE 2016 SHOW REVIEW
Train fire safety requirements were explained by Beth Dean of Exova WarringtonFire (image courtesy Rail Media/High Viz Media).
On the second day of the show Steve Roberts of Unipart Rail outlined the concept of Zero Maintenance Technology, particularly as it applies to LED signal heads. Korec’s Matthew Lock spoke about cost-effective monitoring solutions to detect movement in structures and earthworks. The use of body-worn camera systems to assist with railway security was explained by David Short of Wireless CCTV, and Arnaud du Grand Placitre spoke for Fimor on how the use of under-sleeper pads could significantly reduce track maintenance costs. Day 3 topics included assisting and tempering the design process for high-speed lines to make it more compatible with the environment by Pascal Grosjean of Setec and how the use of advanced technology materials and coatings can extend rail life in critical applications by Tata Steel’s Daniel Pyke. Martin Orman of Whitmore Rail also discussed applicators for the lubrication of both plain line and S&C.
Keynote speeches and seminars attracted interested audiences.
Project Updates A series of Project Updates attraced sizeable audiences. Howard Smith of Crossrail outlined planning for train operations on the new line, and a briefing on progress with Thameslink was given by Network Rail’s Nick Gray. Jonathan Ferry of HS2 Ltd discussed procurement for the high-speed project and there was also an update on the Rail Supply Group’s ‘Fast Track to the Future’ strategy by Roy Freeland, SME Lead for the RSG Council. Work to improve passengers’ experiences during the rebuilding of London Bridge station was explained by David Statham, Managing Director of South Eastern Railway. There were also Industry Briefings on the third day of Infrarail. Firstly, David Hoggarth, Director, Rail North, explained how developments in the North were good examples of Devolution in Action, and the RSSB’s John Abbott gave a presentation on supplier assurance and how it could be dovetailed with a strong health and safety policy.
Crossrail’s Operations Director Howard Smith explained that planning for train operations over the new railway is now under way.
Lively topical discussions at The Platform Infrarail played host to three engaging days of Q&A discussions covering Skills and Training, Supply Chain Engagement and Infrastructure Planning facilitated by RTM’s Business Development Director, Roy Rowlands. The panel sessions brought together leaders from across the rail industry to discuss the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing the sector. Day 1 started with an energetic debate on the apprenticeships levy and the Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy between panellists Neil Robertson, CEO of NSAR, Adeline Ginn, founder of Women In Rail, Simon Rennie, General Manager at NTAR, and Guy Wilmshurst-Smith, Head of Professional Development and Training at Network Rail. It also marked the launch of a new training network, which is a collaboration between Network Rail and other training leaders in the UK, to ensure the supply chain can buy assured high-quality training. Day 2 gathered an eclectic mix of panellists including Nick Elliott, Managing Director, National Supply Chain, Network Rail; Stephen Howard, CEO of Business in the Community (BITC), Martin Buck, Transition and Strategy Director at Crossrail, Roy Freeland of the Rail Supply Group, and Iain Roche, Head of
Michèle Dix of Crossrail 2 (left), Network Rail’s Jo Kaye and David Hoggarth of Rail North brought informed insights to the topic of infrastructure planning.
Roy Freeland of the Rail Supply Group makes a point during The Platform session on Supply Chain Engagement, flanked by Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community (left) and Ian Roche, Head of Innovation at HS2.
Innovation at HS2, to discuss Supply Chain Engagement and changing the conservative approach to rail innovation. Iain Roche of HS2 criticised how “mind-numbingly” complicated it is to foster innovation in the industry, and Nick Elliott talked about devolution and localised supply chains, and acknowledged that Network Rail and the industry as a whole needs to be clearer about what their expectations are from SMEs when it comes to innovation. The series of discussions concluded on Day 3 with Jo Kaye, Director of Network Strategy and Capacity Planning at Network Rail, David Hoggarth, Director at Rail North, and Michèle Dix, MD of Crossrail 2, discussing Infrastructure Planning. During a lively debate, Jo Kaye said that “devolution should not be seen as a panacea for solving every problem the industry comes up against”, while David Hoggarth was clear that Rail North’s aim is to have full devolution like Transport Scotland. Michèle Dix welcomed the National Infrastructure Commission’s recent recommendations, which say that Crossrail 2 must be developed ‘as a priority’, but warned that there are risks without having a “complete strategy” in place for the whole country. INFRARAIL & CITE 2016 SHOW REVIEW 7
A bigger show The 242 exhibitors that took part in Infrarail and CITE occupied a stand area that in terms of square metres was 12% larger than the 2014 show. Track materials, civils supplies, electrification equipment, signalling products, measurement and testing systems and tools all featured among the many products and services exhibited at this highly successful eleventh Infrarail. Rosehill Rail located its largest stand ever in the CITE area, complete with a video wall demonstrating the ease of installation of its modular rubber rail crossing systems. Examples of these formed part of the Track Display feature. Rail manufacturer ArcelorMittal Europe - Long Products made its Infrarail debut and GrayBar showcased a new range of innovative trackside GRP signalling, points and axle-counting disconnection technologies alongside its point heating systems.Track products were also exhibited by Direct Track Solutions, edilon)(sedra and Schwihag. Exhibitors featuring track maintenance equipment and products included rail milling specialist Linsinger of Austria, track life extension materials supplier DWG and Chieftain Trailers. Communications, information and security system featured prominently, with Fischer Connectors, GAI-Tronics, Melford Technologies, Red CCTV, Telent and Wireless CCTV among many companies exhibiting. Cable technology was another key area represented. Stockists Cable Services, Cablecraft, specialising in cable identification, termination and management systems, Flexicon, supplier of cable protection and Provertha, manufacturer of connectors, hoods and accessories, all had stands. Cable manufacturers present included Goldwing Cable, Prysmian and Wrexham Mineral Cables, while the stand of electrical, electronic and fibreoptic cable manufacturer Tratos was always a popular destination for visitors thanks to the offer of some fine Italian food.
Infrarail offered a great opportunity to learn about suppliers’ innovations. This was the 3M UK stand.
In addition, several exhibitors displayed cable troughing, including Anderton Concrete and Trojan Services, while SelectaDNA was offering solutions to deter and detect cable theft. With electrification currently on the Network Rail agenda, a number of firms from this sector were present, among them Bonomi (Rebosio), L C Switchgear, Morris Line Engineering, Power Systems UK and Prysmian Cables & Systems. In the civils sector, Aqua Group, Asset Weholite, Concrete Canvas and Marshalls were among many exhibitors. 8 INFRARAIL & CITE 2016 SHOW REVIEW
Tarmac and Max Bögl create slab track jv An impressive stand at the entrance to Infrarail marked an important new joint venture between Tarmac and Max Bögl of Germany to offer slab track systems for the UK market and especially for the HS2 high-speed rail project. Max Bögl has extensive experience in supplying slab track systems, having installed some 10,000 km around the world. Recent projects included the Nuremberg-Ingolstadt high-speed line in Germany and numerous installations in China including slabs for high-speed switches. For any UK contracts, Tarmac would use its expertise in concrete product manufacturing and logistics to produce track slabs to Max Bögl standards at its Tallington site in Lincolnshire.
Max Bögl Director Johann Holzinger and Martin Riley, Senior Vice President at Tarmac, celebrate their companies’ new slab track joint venture at Infrarail.
Tata prepares for a new era Infrarail coincided with good news for prominent exhibitor and Track Display sponsor Tata Steel. Following the announcement that the Indian-owned conglomerate was to dispose of its lossmaking UK operations came confirmation just before the show that agreement in principle had been reached for its Long Products Europe business to be acquired by investment company Greybull Capital, subject to a number of conditions. The deal throws a welcome lifeline to Scunthorpe steelworks, two mills in Teesside, a workshop in Workington and the Hayange rail mill in France, plus the firm’s York design office and facilities at Immingham Bulk Terminal port. The business employs 4,400 people in the UK and 400 in France. Both Scunthorpe and Hayange produce high quality rails. The Track Display featured the firm’s HP335 rail, the SilentTrack® rail damper system to reduce noise levels and Tata Steel Projects’ modular platform. Tata Steel, sponsor of the Track Display which featured its own products and those of other exhibitors, was one of the companies visited by Claire Perry at the show. The minister is seen here with John Austin, Account Manager (right) of Tata Steel, Jeremy Candfield of the Railway Industry Association (left) and Stephen Brooks, Chairman of show organiser Mack Brooks Exhibitions.
Maintenance-free signals New stair treads from Dura Composites Unipart Dorman focused on work it has been doing to create a range of signals that are maintenance-free, reducing the time staff are on the railway and removing risks associated with working at height. More than 110,000 of the company’s LED modules are now installed on the UK rail infrastructure, with a significant number of those no longer requiring annual maintenance visits by Network Rail. A radical development has been the iLS (integrated Lightweight Signal), with the signal head and post integrated into a single composite housing and post and a trunnion/enclosure base. More recently Unipart Dorman has developed its Assisted Lift Trunnion, which uses progressive spring technology to reduce the lifting force required as the post is moved from the horizontal to the vertical plane during installation. Steve Roberts, Engineering Director of Unipart Rail, outlined the concept of Zero Maintenance Technology, in an industry seminar during the show.
The Unipart Rail/Unipart Dorman stand was visited by Rail Minister Claire Perry, seen here with Dave Tilmouth, the company’s Head of Marketing Communications, and the Railway Industry Association’s Director General Jeremy Candfield on the right.
Dura Composites’ impressive stand simulated a station produced entirely from its own materials, and provided a launchpad for the firm’s new Dura Slab Structural Stair Treads. Made from high-strength fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP), these are intended for both new-build and refurbishment of footbridges, with light weight, anti-slip, non-corrosive and non-conductive characteristics. The company says it developed the treads in response to a specific requirement from Abellio Greater Anglia for the upgrading of Wymondham station. Features include single-unit construction, a built-in riser for rapid installation and a built-in fall to assist drainage and reduce pooling. The treads are DDA-compliant. Dura Composites also continues to chalk up success with its award-winning FRP Dura Platform, with more than 6,500m² installed in the last 12 months and more projects in progress.
Dura Slab Structural Stair Treads after installation. INFRARAIL & CITE 2016 SHOW REVIEW 9
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Internet of Things assists train maintenance Cable connector and network components specialist HARTING was promoting the concept of integrating passive UHF RFID technology with the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve vehicle maintenance procedures for train and tram operators. This enables maintenance data to be stored and managed on a central system, and by using RFID to automatically identify key objects, updates transferred via the Internet can be used to optimise maintenance procedures. In the system proposed by HARTING, passive UHF ‘onmetal’ RFID transponders/tags are attached to a vehicle’s major components, and antennas and readers compatible with the harsh rail environment are deployed trackside to collect data as the vehicle leaves and returns to the depot. Three levels of IoT complexity are suggested, with increasing operator benefits: automated data collection; predictive maintenance; and condition-based maintenance. Among
typical vehicle component monitoring functions are wheel profile, wheel damage, brake pads and brake discs, as well as video inspection system for critical fasteners, suspension elements and wheels. HARTING’s recently introduced RFR300 ruggedised reader is fully compliant with current rail standards, and new sensor tags are also being developed. In addition, the company revealed several new products. The US4 connector features an integrated Ethernet switch, and is the first device in which switch functionality resides directly in the connector. This makes it possible to network four Ethernet/IP or PROFINET nodes with transmission speeds up to 1,000 Mbit/s. Also introduced were PushPull 20-pin connectors which extend the HARTING V4 range and are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of camera and sensor applications such as those in CCTV and security installations.
Ellis extends capabilities Cable cleat manufacturer Ellis Patents continues to build on the success of its Pegasus cable hanger system for the rail industry, introduced at last year’s Railtex show. It has recently been using its in-house expertise to design new, project-specific bespoke products. These include a cable guide clamp for Siemens and a cable-specific cleat for UK Power Networks. Ellis says that in the last year alone, with a global reach via its network of 26 distributors, its products have been installed in Brazil, China and Saudi Arabia, as well as widely in the UK.
Tackling graffiti Innovative solutions to the scourge of graffiti were on display by Impreglon UK and its subsidiary Optical Coating Technologies. Featured on the stand was an anti-graffiti coating that allows aerosol paint and marker pen to be peeled or washed off with water-based detergent. The coating can be applied to a variety of substrates including steel, stainless steel, galvanized, tin-plated and powder coated metal, brick and plastics. Among applications are rolling stock, plant, infrastructure, pedestrian shelters, bridges, litter bins, seating and signage. Also on show were the new SafeCoat 600 series of antimicrobial decorative coating, which has a potential lifespan of 25 years and destroys bacteria, viruses, fungi and algae for up to 5 years, and abrasion-resistant coated polycarbonate used for headlamp covers, signage and shelters, plus anti-fog coated polycarbonate for use with signage and windows. Impreglon specialises in applications onto metals, while Optical Coating Technologies deals with plastics.
New filler spout Redditch-based Hepworth Rail used Infrarail to showcase its new design rail filler spout. The 2010-WASH Filler Spout Assembly is manufactured in 316 stainless steel and features a simple push-and-pull hinge handle, eliminating the need for cap chains and screw caps, which are easily damaged. Hepworth says the spout can be used for diesel fuel, toilets, waste, wash fluid and water applications. The company has recently expanded its capabilities thanks to commissioning its new Trumpf 5040 laser, a £1 million investment that allows it to laser increased material sizes and thicknesses.
Hepworth Rail’s new 2010-WASH Filler Spout Assembly. INFRARAIL & CITE 2016 SHOW REVIEW 11
Jafco innovates Jafco Tools is a familiar exhibitor at both Infrarail and Railtex, with its cornerstone BS8020:2011 Track Tool Range widely used by Network Rail and London Underground. Product development by the firm is ongoing and among innovations highlighted at the show was a reverse-lift insulated trough cover lifter. Designed for use at sites where there is an obstruction or track to one side of the trough, this allows the operator to lift the handle outwards so the trough cover lifts on his/her side. In conjunction with Network Rail, Jafco Tools has also been developing its ‘Total Lift’ two- or four-man trough cover lifter for trackside deployment, while other new products include a plug coupler tool to connect/ disconnect the TPWS trackside loop power connection and an insulated inspection mirror.
The ‘Kee’ to safety New to Infrarail was Kee Systems, the supply and installation business within the Kee Safety Group. The firm provides a complete solution from technical advice and site surveys through to supply and installation of safe and versatile barrier solutions including pedestrian barriers, stairs, ramps, and DDA-compliant handrailing and guardrails. A recent success for the company was the supply of guardrail for the £89 million refurbishment and upgrade of the BicesterOxford line undertaken by Carillion and Buckingham Group as part of the East West Railway project. Other recent schemes to which the company has contributed include Reading station reconstruction, Thameslink facilities at Brighton and London Overground projects. Among products featured at Infrarail was an easy-toassemble self-closing safety gate that can be retrofitted to existing fixed structures and can be supplied as hot-dipped galvanised or colour-coated in safety yellow. Kee Systems’ guardrails have been used on the upgraded Bicester-Oxford line, which forms part of the East West Rail project.
NRM expands venue Keyline hire options highlights new distribution deals Keyline Rail highlighted its role as distributor of a number of products for the industry. One is the Network Rail-approved CUBIS FLEXI pit, which is being stocked at two distribution hubs for instant despatch. The new product has been designed to cut catchpit installation time, while the distribution partnership with Keyline speeds up delivery turnround. Also now being distributed by Keyline is the award-winning Concrete Canvas, a concrete-impregnated geotextile that can be installed up to 60% more cheaply than using traditional alternatives. Both CUBIS and Concrete Canvas Ltd were exhibiting at Infrarail with their own stands too. Keyline has additionally been awarded sole distributor status for the G-Tech Composite Coper, widely adopted across the UK rail network for platform edging. The coper can be fitted to both existing platforms and used in newbuild projects. A customisation offered is a UV-stable hazard yellow tactile, and a non-fade white line can also be added to define the platform edge.
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Infrarail provided a platform for the National Railway Museum in York to announce the launch of a versatile new events space for hire in 2016. Available from September, the Gallery will be suitable for a wide range of occasions, from conferences and product launches to exhibitions and weddings. With capacity for up to 200 delegates theatre-style, the NRM says the Gallery is set to be a popular addition to its suite of event options. As well as complementary car parking and free Wi-Fi, delegates will be able to enjoy refreshments served in an exclusive space in the atmospheric Station Hall, which houses Royal train vehicles including Queen Adelaide’s coach and Queen Victoria’s luxurious personal saloon. The Gallery can be hired from September 2016 until January 2017, with plans to open again for the same period from September 2017. For more information visit www.nrm.org.uk/VenueHire.aspx.
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Integrated power specialist Socomec introduced its latest modular rack-mounted UPS aimed at meeting short-term capacity needs while satisfying longer term growth requirements. The Modulys GP is a three-phase system designed for 19” rack integration across multiple applications. Meanwhile, Socomec continues to successfully fulfill rail industry projects. UPS systems have been supplied for train servicing and maintenance depots at North Pole Depot in London, Stoke Gifford in Bristol and Doncaster Carr, all being developed by VolkerFitzpatrick for the Intercity Express Programme. The company has also received Network Rail PADS approval for its Masterys IP+ Rail UPS systems, and its ATyS automatic changeover switches are now approved for use by London Underground Ltd and the ATyS p version by Crossrail Ltd.
Innovations featured by interconnect specialist WAGO at the exhibition included a DIN push-in rail-mounted terminal block, the TOPJOB® S, claimed to be 30% smaller than rival products and suitable for connecting motors, diodes or LEDs in harsh environments. Also on show was a new programmable DIN railmounted PLC controller with a smaller footprint than its predecessors. Designed exclusively for WAGO’s e!COCKPIT engineering software suite, which was also on display, the PFC100 controller is based on a Linux® realtime operating system, with applications in standard machinery and equipment. WAGO was also publicising its free smartDESIGNER web tool enabling users to design custom terminal block carrier rails.
Windhoff highlights international successes The exhibition enabled Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik to highlight its capabilities and the international markets it serves. Its 550m High Output Plant Systems (HOPS) supplied to Network Rail are playing a leading role in electrification of the Great Western main line. The firm has also received orders for three self-propelled firefighting, rescue and recovery trains for SBB in Switzerland and for 21 infrastructure maintenance vehicles for Norway’s national network operator JBV. Windhoff supplies workshop equipment too and has recently equipped the Ural Locomotives plant in Yekaterinburg, Russia, with two 80 tonne capacity traversers and a ZRW 35 AEM battery-electric shunting vehicle. Traverser supplied by Windhoff to Russian train builder Ural Locomotives.
YES adds radio testing
Several Infrarail exhibitors featured safety wear and PPE. This was the Bodyguard Workwear stand.
York EMC Services (YES) used Infrarail to announce that it has added the testing of products containing a radio function to its portfolio. Short Range Devices (SRDs) now feature among the company’s initial accreditation, encompassing products ranging from car key fobs to security and social alarms. The accreditation also covers aspects of testing for wideband transmission systems in the 2.4GHz band and broadband radio access networks operating at 5GHz. YES says it can offer advice to manufacturers, importers and distributors on the Radio Equipment Directive, which replaces the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive in June this year.
Broad industry support Crossrail – to be known as the Elizabeth Line when it opens in phases from next year – and HS2 (High Speed Two) Ltd both had stands at the show, with their respective teams handling a steady flow of visitors keen to learn more about these projects that in their separate ways are providing huge opportunities for suppliers and creating demands for skills. Industry organisations that have been loyal supporters of both Infrarail and sister event Railtex also had their own stands, including the Railway Industry Association, the Rail Supply Group and the Permanent Way Institution. The Rail Alliance suppliers networking association coordinated the presence of 15 of its members in a busy dedicated Hub area. In the CITE section of the event, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers was also present with a stand.
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Strong demand for Railtex 2017 stands already Well before the last visitors had left Infrarail and CITE, work had already started on next year’s Railtex, which will be the thirteenth in a highly successful, well-established series. The UK’s premier rail event returns to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 9 to 11 May 2017 and, reflecting the opportunities generated by the massive rail investments taking place in the UK, many companies have moved quickly to secure their favoured stand location at the show. Railtex covers the entire rail supply market, while Infrarail focuses specifically on infrastructure – the railway’s fixed assets. With a wider remit that additionally includes the busy rolling stock sector, Railtex is always a lively, popular event where real business is done. In all, 468 companies exhibited at the last show in 2015, representing 20 countries. It was the biggest Railtex for over 10 years. The event was visited by nearly 7,500 rail industry professionals, and with exhibitors’ own personnel included, total attendance topped 10,150, around 10% of these from outside the UK. Speaking after the show, Exhibition Manager, Kirsten Whitehouse said: “Railtex celebrated a successful return to the NEC, and once again delivered the platform for professionals in the rail industry to meet, network, learn, discuss, do business and discover the latest trends, technologies and innovations within the rail sector. Reports and evidence from exhibitors indicated a very Innovations in rail vehicle successful exhibition technology will be a prominent feature at next year’s Railtex show. for participating companies and
Keynote speeches at Railtex always attract great audience interest.
feedback from visitors exceeded expectations.” Against these benchmarks, organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions aim to deliver an equally valuable and successful show. As well as providing a high-profile shop window for the market’s leading suppliers, Railtex 2017 will include all the familiar features that make this the industry’s ‘must-attend’ event. Supporting the exhibition will be a full programme of keynote speeches, industry seminars, project updates and discussion groups, enabling everyone attending to gain insights into the direction of travel of policy and technology – and further adding to the value of Railtex as a great networking opportunity. An indication of the current upbeat mood of the market is the overwhelming More than 10,100 rail industry number of Railtex professionals attended Railtex in stand bookings made 2015. on-site during Infrarail 2016. For enquiries about exhibiting at next year’s show contact Kirsten Whitehouse, Natalie Parker or Emma Preston at email@example.com. And to keep up to date with plans for Railtex 2017 as they develop visit www.railtex.co.uk. INFRARAIL & CITE 2016 SHOW REVIEW 15
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CITE established as an infrastructure supply chain showcase CITE 2016 strengthened its role as an essential showcase for companies in the supply chain for the UK’s transport, construction, utilities and communications infrastructure sector. Exhibitors reported brisk business on their stands, and with major rail projects currently such a dominant feature in this field, integrating the event with Infrarail helped to deliver a high quality audience. The exhibition was greatly enhanced by a supporting programme that featured keynote speeches discussing some of the most exciting UK infrastructure projects, as well as project updates and industry seminars offering further insights into
larger infrastructure schemes and technology trends. In addition, the CITE Conference featured an array of top level speakers. Commenting after the show, Exhibition Manager Kirsten Whitehouse said: “The very positive feedback we received from exhibitors at CITE 2016 and from visitors to the show confirms the success of this event, and we thank everyone for their contribution to it. We also thank our keynote speakers and those who took part in the seminars and conference that added so much value for visitors to the exhibition. We have a very solid base on which to build together for the future.”
CITE keynote speeches highlight key projects Each day the CITE Seminar Theatre was the venue for a keynote speech by a high profile figure from the civil infrastructure sector. On the opening day of the show Peter Antolik, Highways Director at the Office of Rail and Road, gave an insightful presentation entitled ‘Highways Monitor in the context of roads reform’ covering the organisation’s role in supporting the roads reform agenda for the strategic network in England. He explained how this monitoring function covers delivery of the Road Investment Strategy and Highways England’s statutory duties. The ORR has already established a monitoring framework, he said, and has published a six-month HE performance report. It has also commissioned a study that significantly identifies that the RIS will bring a material increase in demand on the highways supply chain. The ORR’s annual assessment of HE is due at the end September 2016, but the organisation is aiming to publish it in July. The keynote address by Peter Antolik of the ORR attracted a large audience.
Day 2 welcomed Sian Thomas, Deputy Head of Asset Management at Thames Tideway, who outlined the technicalities of construction of this £4.2 billion scheme and the unique business model designed to deliver it, the largest of its kind in the wastewater industry. The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a 25km interception, storage and transfer tunnel under the Thames, collecting sewage from the 34 most polluting discharge points along the river.
The scheme is being delivered by Tideway, the trading name of the Bazalgette Tunnel Ltd investor group which manages a significant portion of UK pension funds and is the first wastewater-only company in the UK. Sian Thomas outlined the project’s timetable, which sees construction beginning this year, tunnelling completed by 2021 and the system commissioned in 2023. The £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel project was the subject of the keynote presentation by Sian Thomas.
The keynote speaker on the show’s final day was Victoria Hills, CEO of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, a body set up by the Mayor of London to oversee the transformation of London’s largest opportunity area and one that will become the UK’s biggest regeneration project. She explained how the project is centred around the creation of a new super-hub station at Old Oak that will be the meeting point for HS2 and Crossrail, plus the Great Western main line, but will extend into a major redevelopment that will also include 25,000 new homes, commercial and industrial space and public amenities. Victoria Hills explained that her brief includes seeking to maximise the benefits of the significant rail investment at Old Oak.
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Onsite Hire adds Echo Barrier
Chris Broadbent, BRE Group Director Infrastructure and Managing Director at the CEEQUAL sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme, delivered an Industry Briefing presentation entitled ‘Infrastructure sustainability rating schemes - meeting the challenges of a changing world’. This also provided an opportunity for the Crossrail Surface Works - South East Spur Contract project team to receive their ‘Excellent’ (84.5%) Interim Client & Outline Design Award. Winners (from left to right) Daniela Eigner and Sam Reynolds of WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Andy Bradshaw of Balfour Beatty are seen here with Chris Broadbent.
Specialist plant and tool hire company Onsite Hire took a stand at CITE 2016. Recently added to the company’s portfolio are award-winning noise barriers by Echo Barrier. UK users of this product include Balfour Beatty and London Underground, as well as a growing list of overseas clients. Joe Collins from Onsite Hire said: “We are thrilled to be able to add such an innovative and effective product to our range. This will be of great use to our customers and will help them reduce their noise impact on local people.” Primarily serving London and southeast England, Onsite Hire’s product offering includes temporary fencing, pedestrian barriers, hoarding, traffic control systems, noise mitigation products, temporary protection, scaffolding, lighting and generators.
Full seminar programme The Seminar Theatre at CITE was also the setting for a programme of Project Updates, Industry Seminars by exhibitors and Industry Briefings during the three days of the exhibition. A Project Update by Paddy Pugh of McAslan + Partners covered the transformation of King’s Cross station and there was a presentation entitled ‘Practical Application of the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSM-REA): Great Western Main Line Electrification’ by Damon High of WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff. An Industry Seminar by Gary Bray and Steve Parsons of Siemens Mobility, Traffic Solutions, addressed ‘Successful 18 INFRARAIL & CITE 2016 SHOW REVIEW
project delivery through technology partnership’. Peter Wilson of Echo Barrier gave a talk ‘Quiet Sites Made Simple - and Profitable’. Nick Cowly of MCL Group Industries offered solutions for reducing road congestion, John O’Hagan of Mabey Hire spoke on ‘Digital Temporary Works Design’ and Dominick Holland of Geotech Soil Stabilisation discussed ‘The Future of Haul Road & Compound Solutions – A Stable Introduction to Geobind’. James Dupont of RVT Group (Raven Group/Soundex) spoke on making tunnel environments safer, Drew Harding of Eclipse Digital Media gave
a presentation ‘Digital signage: the essential communication tool for industry’ and a paper by Gripple’s Neil Clarke was entitled ‘Armouring Nature – Applications, benefits and case studies of armoured HPTRM’. Measurement and survey technologies were covered too, with Nick Duggan of GGP Consult, taking as his theme ‘3D Scanning in the Industrial Environment’, Bluesky International’s Ralph Coleman talking about LiDAR scanning, and Phil Storr of MRL Eye speaking on the use of UAVs for infrastructure management.
Siemens offers traffic technology expertise Siemens’ presence at CITE 2016 was to showcase its comprehensive portfolio of traffic signal products and to explain its ability to support construction and civil engineering companies in the delivery of projects. Head of Sales Steve Parsons says: “With the growing number of civil contracts now including infrastructure works and orders for traffic
equipment and systems, this event enables us to reinforce our position as the leading supplier and service provider of traffic technology in the UK. We have the capabilities and expertise to deliver traffic control and management services to leading construction and civil engineering companies placing contracts for traffic control and management.”
Technical textiles featured by HUESKER UK Technical textiles specialist HUESKER UK focused on its Asphalt Reinforcement and Earthworks & Foundations business areas. In the former, its activities are aimed primarily at the rehabilitation of asphalt and concrete pavements, for which it offers highly specialised reinforcement with a bitumen-based coating containing more than 60% bitumen. HUESKER says this substantially increases the service life of traffic areas. HUESKER also outlined how its Earthworks & Foundations business area provides geosynthetic products, systems and solutions for ground and engineering applications. The Walls and Slopes segment focuses on geosynthetics for applications such as noise bunds, bridge abutments and earth pressure relief constructions. Its Embankments segment provides solutions for safe embankment foundations, examples including base reinforcement or geotextile-encased columns.
As an example, Siemens cites its selection by Graham Construction to provide the traffic signalling scheme for a major highways project along the A2 Shore Road between Carrickfergus and Belfast. This covered delivery of four signalised junctions, three signalised roundabouts and a number of pedestrian crossings as part of a major redevelopment contract
placed by TransportNI, the Department of Regional Development. Siemens’ Poole factory is now the global production centre for all its traffic systems manufacturing following the transfer of facilities from Augsburg, Germany.
Improving groundworks safety and access National construction hire company Mabey Hire was promoting additions to its range of aluminium trench shield systems for groundworks projects. Launched last autumn, the system simplifies the excavation process and improves safety by allowing unrestricted access to assets below, while saving energy and fuel costs. The company says it also reduces installation, moving and removal time, leading to further efficiencies. Known as the ‘Hog Back Strut’, the product was initially designed for a rail industry customer but it is now being offered more widely as a means of keeping trenches safe and stable while permitting work to be carried out in remote or hard to reach areas. Also featured was the Mabey Hire EnviroGuard system which can be tailored to customer requirements to detect conditions ranging from airborne particulates and wind speed to vibration, water pressure and volatile organic compounds. The system is managed by Mabey’s LIVEsite web-based suite of tools and reporting functions which allow users to monitor readings in real time. The company additionally pointed to its ability to respond to severe weather events by speedily providing bridges to restore essential road and communications links such as those in Cumbria destroyed by Storm Desmond last December.
CITE exhibitors showcase diversity and innovation
The CITE hub attracted a healthy flow of visitors, not least because many of the companies exhibiting are very active in the rail market as well as in the wider civil infrastructure sector. In its own right, CITE brought together a diverse range of suppliers of products and services, with many new products on show. These extended from firms such Aerialtronics and Bluesky International, both providing survey services, to geosynthetics manufacturers Bonar and TenCate Geosynthetics and structural strengthening and repairs specialist Fibrwrap Construction. Geotech Soil Stabilisation was offering services flagged up by its name, and exhibitor Gripple was also highlighing its expertise in a
similar area. The Aspin Group presented its capabilities in delivering high quality foundation, civil, geotechnical and structural products, Platipus Anchors showcased its ground anchoring systems and Cairnhill Structures detailed the work it does in the civil infrastructure sector, including rail. Geo-Environmental and GGP Consult were among CITE exhibitors specialising in various areas of consultancy, and Advanced Resource Managers and Spectrum Contracting Services were offering recruitment and labour supply services.
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MCL targets road works congestion Interlocking road plates manufactured using composite materials instead of steel were featured by MCL Infrastructure as a contribution to reducing congestion during road works. The company says its interlocking road plates with an integrated Radlock system for quick and secure locking, allow road works to be cleared 30% faster than with the steel alternative. Explains MCL Group Managing Director Nick Cowley: “There are a number of problems caused by ongoing construction work, whether it’s congestion on the roads or increased maintenance costs. This is
Fast installation and removal of MCL Infrastructure’s composite road plates can reduce congestion during maintenance works.
exacerbated by road plates that require heavy load lifters to both fit and remove. Our composite plates can be installed by hand, allowing roads to open significantly faster.”
Nick Cowley expanded these views during a presentation and Q&A session in the CITE Seminar Theatre on the middle day of the event.
Expert insights at the CITE Conference Taking place during the first two days of CITE at ExCeL London and organised by Leadership Champions, the CITE Conference brought together business leaders and procurement specialists from many sectors of industry to offer inspiration to companies looking to make the transition to become a ‘real-time’ enterprise, or want to step up and be seen as a ‘High Reliability Organisation’ (HRO). A programme comprising expert presentations, panel debates and postevent initiatives provided participants with a unique opportunity to benefit from the experience of seasoned professionals from leading companies in the infrastructure and management consultancy sectors.
Among stands visited during a tour of the show by Rail Minister Claire Perry was that of GGP Consult, which is now exporting its expertise in engineering, architecture and project management in the power, transportation, oil, gas, petrochemical and industrial sectors to around 50 countries.
One of the speakers at the CITE Conference was Simon Longstaffe, Head of Programme Estimating & Cost Management at HS2 Ltd.
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