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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.


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