Unipart Rail at launch of UKRRIN
£92m fund to transform innovation in rail

By Dave Tilmouth
20 February 2018 21:08:42



Unipart Rail is a member of a partnership between the rail supply industry and a consortium of seven universities which has secured £92 million to fund research aimed at establishing the UK as a world-leading centre of railway excellence....

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Another busy AusRail
The rain didn''t keep visitors away

By Dave Tilmouth
27 November 2017 14:48:18



Despite some torrential downpours whilst we were in Brisbane, the rain didn't affect visitors to our stand there!...

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New Flexicon Range added to portfolio
Network Rail approved

By Dave Tilmouth
22 December 2017 11:04:57



We're very pleased to announce that the Flexicon insulated flexible conduit system for cable protection is now available for use in new and upgraded Signalling Power Distribution Systems....

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Did you miss us at Rail Live?
Then you missed a lot of technology!

By Dave Tilmouth
28 June 2017 16:10:12



Whatever your interest in products for the rail infrastructure, there was something of interest for you at Rail Live!...

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Highly commended award entry
Fabrication centre highly commended at Railway Industry Innovation Awards

By Dave Tilmouth
29 June 2017 14:39:58



Unipart Rail and VolkerRail have been highly commended in the Cross-industry Partnership Working category, at this year’s Railway Industry Innovation Awards, held in London on Friday 23 June....

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NOT going to Rail Live?
Then you'll miss out....

By Dave Tilmouth
07 June 2017 11:46:39



Whatever your interest in products for the rail infrastructure, there's going to be something of interest for you at Rail Live!...

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Did you see us at Railtex?
We had lots to talk about!

By Dave Tilmouth
27 April 2017 08:35:50



New technologies are the lifeblood of the railways and at Unipart Rail we're bringing lots of new ideas into our portfolio....

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Offsite factory opening
OLE fabrication facility in Crewe

By Dave Tilmouth
06 April 2017 09:34:30



An innovative approach to overhead line fabrication has led to the opening of a third fabrication facility, developed by Unipart rail and VolkerRail, in Crewe.



Officially opened by Network Rail’s major programme director, Chris Montgomery, the new facility will pre-assemble all overhead line mate...

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A more Powerful company
Unipart Rail Acquires Samuel James Engineering

By Dave Tilmouth
01 June 2017 09:43:10



Samuel James is a well respected player in the specialised discipline of high quality electrical control panels and switchboards, and its capabilities fit perfectly with our own market-leading signalling and control location case and REB manufacture. Unipart Rail today announces the acquisition of t...

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Materials Reclamation
De-mobilising Warehousing and Stores

By Dave Tilmouth
21 February 2017 13:42:36



When Alstom were planning to de-mobilise their Peterborough stores, they turned to Unipart Rail to manage the process....

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Trips, slips, collisions and falls
Are all avoidable

By Dave Tilmouth
27 September 2016 09:44:25



Operational environments are all dangerous - but with a robust system in place they can be avoided....

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Rail Safety Week?
EVERY week is Safety Week

By Dave Tilmouth
26 September 2016 11:08:47



Although we have a permanent focus on safety, pausing and taking stock can shine a new light on possible risks....

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Technology and Supply Chain Optimisation
Another successful Innotrans

By Dave Tilmouth
23 September 2016 12:29:16



The four day show has been a great success for us - both for new contacts and for meeting with existing partners....

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Rail Electrification Delivery Group Visits Doncaster
Insight into Offsite factory for OHLE

By Dave Tilmouth
26 August 2016 11:46:42



The Rail Electrification Delivery Group (REDG) consisting of representatives including Network Rail, VolkerRail, Carillion and RIA are pictured visiting the Doncaster Overhead Line Assembly Facility....

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QR Tracking Impresses
VolkerRail visits our Doncaster Facility

By Dave Tilmouth
26 August 2016 11:42:21



VolkerRail's Steve Cocliff visits our Doncaster Overhead Line Offsite Manufacturing Facility and is impressed with what he saw....

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New logistics centre for Thales opens
Supporting the LUL 4LM project

By Dave Tilmouth
14 July 2016 16:01:24



Unipart Rail is providing a full logistics service to Thales for LUL's 4LM project....

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Did you STOP and see us at Rail Live?
Unipart Rail, Unipart Dorman and Park Signalling exhibit together

By Dave Tilmouth
27 June 2016 14:35:52



A great couple of days at Long Marston...

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More interest at Infrarail
The Unipart Dorman Assisted Lift Trunnion was a show highlight

By Dave Tilmouth
22 April 2016 11:18:34



We demonstrated the Assisted Lift Trunnion, Unipart Dorman iLS, CLS Lite, SPARTA Relay Test Unit and the Level Crossing in Box...

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Unipart Rail acquires Park Signalling
Synergies will drive growth

By Dave Tilmouth
30 December 2015 13:45:40



We are pleased to advise that Unipart Rail has acquired the entire share capital of Park Signalling Limited as of 31st December 2015. The Company will continue to trade as Park Signalling Limited....

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Plug & Play with Network Rail
Mini-expo at Westwood Event

By Dave Tilmouth
07 October 2015 13:27:33



Sudden and persistent downpours didn't dampen the messages at the Network Rail Plug & Play event at their Westwood training centre in Coventry. ...

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The key to the problem of locks...
...is to have no key.

By Dave Tilmouth
22 July 2015 09:41:10



At Unipart Rail we have for a long time supplied specialist BR padlocks and a wide range of standard padlocks for use across the railways. Now we've added to this a small range of combination padlocks - so lost keys are a thing of the past. These padlocks are perfect for internal and external use wh...

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The Overheads keep getting better
New OLE Fabrication Facility Opens

By Dave Tilmouth
14 July 2015 16:07:10



The new Unipart Rail and REAL Alliance Overhead Line Fabrication Facility in Doncaster opened on 13th July 2015.

At a ceremony attended by representatives from both organisations, a ribbon was cut to mark the official start to the building of fabrications for the REAL Alliance's work in upgrading th...

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Unipart Rail proud to sponsor Future of Rail Conference
Over 300 Delegates attend rail event in the UK

By Dave Tilmouth
28 May 2015 14:54:34



Unipart Rail were pleased to be one of the main sponsors of the Future of Rail Conference held in Doncaster in May 2015. The Conference attracted over 300 delegates from the UK rail industry to hear about the exiting developments that are happening both in the Doncaster area and nationally in the ra...

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Timber rehabilitation. In minutes.
SpikeFast now available from Unipart Rail

By Dave Tilmouth
27 May 2015 16:03:12



SpikeFast is a simpler and stronger alternative to other methods of rehabilitating coachscrew holes. Under test conditions it has been found to be as strong or stronger than normal wood.

Timber rehabilitation remains an on-going issue on the railway. Older methods such as plug or screw inserts have ...

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Innovation Success in Australia
ARTC Approves the Hollow Sleeper

By Dave Tilmouth
08 May 2015 09:58:17



This is a further example of Unipart Rail delivering innovation into the railways - this time in Australia!

It's great example of how our position in the supply chain enables us to identify new products and work with the approval authorities across different countries - and continents - to improve t...

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If you can think it - we can do it
Thinking outside the box

By Dave Tilmouth
20 April 2015 11:11:17



We’re all encouraged to ‘think outside the box’ – the feeling that if only we could put things together differently then we’d have a fantastic new solution. Many of these – like modern art – evoke a response “I could have done that” because of the simplicity of the solution, but it does need someone...

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Now protecting even more trackside workers
ST-CRID achieves Network Rail acceptance

By Dave Tilmouth
16 April 2015 13:17:07



We developed the Self-Testing Current Rail Indicator Device (ST-CRID) for London Underground and for the past ten years it has been protecting their track-side workers.

We’re really pleased that we also now have Network Rail Acceptance on the device and are already giving that extra level of securit...

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Putting the fun back into fundraising
Unipart Rail continues to raise funds for the Railway Benefit Fund

By Dave Tilmouth
20 February 2015 08:11:08



The work of the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) is important to Unipart Rail - particularly as several of our colleagues have been helped by this important charity, which supports railway staff, active or retired and their dependents through illness, injury, bereavement or adversity.

The Rail magazine ha...

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Due to popular demand....
A re-print of the 10th Edition Catalogue

By Dave Tilmouth
03 February 2015 10:32:55



Since we launched the 10th Edition Catalogue in Spring 2014, we've distributed 2500 copies free to our rail customers. And this means we've reached the end of the initial print run.

To make sure that we can continue to support the industry with this important 'bible' of Infrastructure materials, we'...

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The Digital Railway
More new technology in the pipeline

By Dave Tilmouth
22 January 2015 12:50:54



At Unipart Rail we recognise that universities are 'hothouses' of new talent and ideas, which is why we partner with them to bring new technology into the railway.

One of these relationships is with Manchester Metropolitan University where we have established a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership), ...

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Unipart Rail Up for an Award
Unipart Rail shortlisted for Collaborative Working Award

By Dave Tilmouth
19 December 2014 09:21:51



Unipart Rail have been shortlisted for a Collaborative Working Award at the UK Rail Industry Awards event to be held in February 2015. The nomination is based on the close working relationship created with First Group to develop processes and workflows required to have consistent, embedded and succe...

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Kwik-Step Down Under
Unipart Rail representing Kwik-Step in Australia

By Dave Tilmouth
03 December 2014 10:52:13



Fast and Efficient. No foundations and Minimum Groundwork.

As we expand our portfolio in Australia and New Zealand, we now are the sole representative for the UK company, Kwik-Step, in the territory 'down under'.

Kwik-step is a steel alternative to concrete for stairways, refuges and walkways, so it...

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David Cameron visits Sydney
Unipart Rail's Steve Scriven meets the PM

By Dave Tilmouth
17 November 2014 12:29:13



David Cameron made an impromptu diversion from the G20 meetings to find out what UK companies are active in Australia, and working on infrastructure projects during a Business Breakfast meeting organised by UKTI.

Steve Scriven, our Business Development Director in Australia (pictured centre) said Th...

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Safety is paramount
A new level of protection for electrification workers

By Dave Tilmouth
24 October 2014 14:41:53



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Working at Height. Moving Vehicles. Dark Worksites. There's lots of reasons why track workers wear hi-vis.

But for those who are working with overhead lines, third rail or in power supply areas there's another danger....

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If you missed Innotrans...
...you missed a great show!

By Dave Tilmouth
29 September 2014 08:08:09



It's the biggest rail exhibition in the world, and the scale of InnoTrans can only be appreciated by being one of the 100,000 people visiting the 44 halls, seeing the 2500 exhibitors.

During the show we unveiled our new corporate 'look' and focused on our seven new 'propositions', as well as display...

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Unipart Dorman’s lightweight signals strike the right chord
Delivering benefits to the Todmorden Curve project

By Dave Tilmouth
10 July 2014 15:00:04



The benefits of Unipart Dorman’s lightweight signals have been featured in the industry publication ‘the rail engineer’.

The feature focuses on the Todmorden Curve project, a £9.6 million initiative to relay the curve which was originally severed in 1972. This project is being run via a joint collab...

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Busy days at Rail Live
Good weather prevailed for the two-day event

By Dave Tilmouth
20 June 2014 09:32:41



If you were at Rail Live 2014, then you'll share our excitement at this brilliant new addition to the rail calendar.

The event was massive, and because it was a technology event rather than an 'exhibition', many of the displays were hands-on and interactive. On our stand, we had the new OLE aluminiu...

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Unipart Dorman Exhibited at InfraRail
Did you see us at Earls Court 2, London

By Dave Tilmouth
15 May 2014 10:08:39



The UK's definitive rail infrastructure event took place at Earls Court 2, London from 20th and 22nd May 2014.

Now in its 10th edition InfraRail is a unique opportunity for the market to gather, discuss innovations, network and learn about what is on the agenda for the industry.

Unipart Dorman demon...

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A busy week in SE Asia and Australia
The first week in May saw our Australasia Team at two Rail Exhibitions – 3500 miles apart!

By Dave Tilmouth
29 April 2014 14:04:40



Two busy weeks and three tired colleagues! Both CORE in Adelaide and Rail Solutions Asia were busy exhibitions for our team in Australasia. We had lots of visitors finding out more about our technical innovations and supply chain services.

Thank you to everyone who visited us at the shows....

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Overheads are a good thing
The new Unipart Rail Infrastructure catalogue, which includes a large section on Overhead Line equipment, has now been printed and copies will be distributed this month.

By Dave Tilmouth
31 March 2014 14:14:52



We have enhanced the Overhead Line section of our catalogue by adding a wide selection of new products and introducing new sub-categories to make finding the right equipment even easier for our customers. Click here to view the online version of our Overhead Line catalogue listings.

We also have a s...

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Mobile Logistics in the UK
New Commissioning Spares Van for Atkins

By Dave Tilmouth
25 February 2014 14:42:37



In the Feb/March 2014 edition of Rail Infrastructure magazine, we demonstrated how we are adding value to our partnership with Atkins by fitting out a 'Commissioning Spares' van for their projects work.

You can read how we did this by reading the full article by clicking here....

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New Catalogue Launched
Register now for your copy

By Dave Tilmouth
25 February 2014 14:32:09



If you’re working with an old version of the Unipart Rail catalogue, you’ll be pleased to know that the new edition of the ‘Industry Bible’ is now available.

Updated with new products and an enhanced Overhead Line section and incorporating information on Plug Play and Level Crossing systems build, c...

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Innovation Everywhere
but especially at AusRail PLUS

By Dave Tilmouth
28 November 2013 05:49:20



The three days of AusRail PLUS are now over and a foot-weary team of UK and Australian Unipart Rail colleagues can put their feet up knowing it's been a good event.

The stand theme of 'Innovation Everywhere' covered the products on display, the Lean expertise in operational improvement and the Globa...

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Winning with Cheshire Business Awards
Unipart Rail won the Inspiring Apprenticeships Cheshire & Warrington Award

By Dave Tilmouth
14 October 2013 09:29:11



The annual Trinty Mirror Cheshire Business Awards celebrate the achievements and successes of companies of all sizes based within the Cheshire region. The awards honour those individuals and teams who have created new businesses or expanded existing lines, entrepreneurs whose ideas and imagination n...

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Complete Level Crossings
A New Modular Approach

By Dave Tilmouth
14 October 2013 08:39:57



In this month's Rail Infrastructure our approach to Modular Level Crossings has been featured.

In response to the Network Rail challenge for a modular railway, Unipart Rail continues to work in collaboration with the nominated level crossing contractors. As a result, there is now a complete facility...

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The best blockade ever!
Unipart Rail supplies key OHLE materials for Wigan to Preston Blockade

By Dave Tilmouth
02 August 2013 16:00:06



It's not often that a blockade happens. The last one was during the remodelling of the West Coast route. And blockades have never returned the line to use at more than 50mph.

The Wigan to Preston blockade is the first to return a line to use at 80mph - and Unipart Rail played its part in the success...

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Plug&Play with Network Rail
Presentations at three Network Rail events

By Dave Tilmouth
26 July 2013 11:28:51



During July 2013, Unipart Rail's 'PlugPlay' systems response to Network Rail's Modular Railway challenge was demonstrated at three Network Rail events.

At the Network Rail training school at Westwood, we had a display of location cases complete with the Unipart Rail designed and manufactured interfa...

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Innotrans Innovation
Unipart Rail at Innotrans 2012

By Dave Tilmouth
04 October 2012 15:14:05



As usual, Innotrans was bigger and more impressive than ever and we have returned, a little footweary, to make progress on the new business opportunities we have identified there.

There was plenty of interest in our stand with both the refurbished Bogie and impressive new iLS Signal attracting rail ...

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Lighting the way for track and infrastructure workers
LightStick and Light Shapes

By Dave Tilmouth
17 August 2012 14:41:13



Unipart Rail's range of lighting sticks and light shapes help safety and productivity at track and infrastructure worksites. The Lightsticks are already installed in many UK rail passenger coachers for use in emergency situations at night or for tunnel evacuations

Following a number of product demon...

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