Rolling stock

10.03.20

The importance of SMEs to HS2 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

In light of TransCityRail Midlands coming up in July, we asked our strategic partner Xrail’s Director of Business Development and Communications Monica Barbosa, what they have planned for discussion at the conference.

To start things off we asked Monica to enlighten us on the work Xrail do.

“We deliver end-to-end engineering solutions and services, from highly specialised consulting to turnkey project delivery. Our expertise is applied on maintenance, performance improvement and obsolescence management projects for existing railways and the design, installation, and testing & commissioning of new railways.

“We develop robust implementation programmes, anticipating and circumventing issues which might otherwise cause deviations to time or budget. We provide services to clients whether they be main line rail or metro systems where ever they are in the world. Xrail has the flexibility to offer support in delivering packages of work as part of a contract, to provide resources at every level, or to operate in a project management consultancy. 

“Our international network of engineers and managers provides a combination of decades of industry experience, up-to-date acumen and a deep understanding of the implications of working in different countries and within different cultures. We are a UK based SME that has offices across the world; London, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi.”

She said the company’s main focus for TCR Midlands will be: “Promoting our company’s capabilities, which we have proven with our work in the UK and the Middle East, to the clients such as Network Rail and the Tier 1s. Also representing SMEs in our industry and showing how important they are to our major projects such as HS2.”

Monica also revealed that Xrail will be talking about HS2, apprenticeships and the importance of SME’s to the rail industry.

She also divulged into the work they do over in the Middle East.

“Over the next 7 years, Xrail have been contracted to deliver Corrective and Preventive maintenance services for the signalling systems and technical buildings of the Haramain High-Speed Railway subcontracted by Siemens.  The SR60 billion ($16 billion) mega project is the largest railway in the Middle East and is intended to accommodate the growing passenger demand, from an originally estimated 60 million to 135 million passengers per year.”

Have a listen to our RTM podcast episode 5 where Monica Barbosa joined us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from an SME perspective.

TransCityRail opens up discussion that leads to action on regional rail investment, supply chain engagement and putting the passenger first in line with the immediate priorities of Network Rail, HS2, Operators and the wider rail industry.

TransCityRail North and Midlands are two separate events that focus on the investment taking place across their respective regions, giving the supply chain direct access to the information it needs to drive their business and become a vital supplier to the rail industry.  

Come and ‘Meet the Buyer’, exhibit, speak from the main stage, give a 'dragons-den' style elevator pitch, turn up and listen to what’s being said and continue your networking into the evening during dinner.  

For more information send us an enquiry via the form below, contact the team on 0161 833 6320 or send us an email.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

30/03/2020Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street stations have made their parking free of charge for NHS and care workers during the coronavirus c... more >
370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

30/03/2020370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

Last week alone key workers from Network Rail helped more than 370,000 tonnes of freight to be moved between west London and Cornwall and into an... more >
Scottish Enterprise: There’s never been a greater challenge than right now

30/03/2020Scottish Enterprise: There’s never been a greater challenge than right now

As the UK enters its second official week of lockdown, members of the rail industry have voiced their support for the country’s response. ... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >