Bridging the Gaps in the Rail Industry

Bridging the Gaps in the Rail Industry
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Assenta Rail

Bridging the Gaps in the Rail Industry

This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine, Issue 4 2022 Track & Infrastructure Edition.

From the adoption of modern technologies to the increased focus on green initiatives, we have seen more change in the rail industry over the course of the past twenty years than we could ever have imagined.

Creating a Hub for Change

Engineering specialists at heart, since 2001 we have been enthusiastic about solving challenging engineering problems. This led us to establishing our depot in Hamilton, Scotland as a base for our operations in 2019. One of only two independents in Scotland, the depot has enabled us to bring our engineering offering in-house and provide an end-to-end turnkey service to our clients.

Since its opening, we have installed a paint shop and conducted extensive upgrade works to tracks and sidings. We have also seen an increase in new clients and requests to use the depot for a diverse range of activities.

Our depot also provides benefits to local industry. Maintaining vehicles in Scotland as opposed to being transported elsewhere is enabling operators to reduce emissions and increase skills and capabilities, much closer to home.

Nurturing Local Talent

At Assenta Rail, we are committed to nurturing local talent. Our depot provides employment opportunities for local engineers, technicians and artisans.

We are proud to take on apprentices and trainees and guide their skills and development through partnering them with existing team members, enabling new employees to soak up the knowledge and guidance that our more experienced people can provide.

The local community reaps benefits, retaining the minds that keep the railway moving in Scotland and developing the next generation of engineering talent.

Harnessing the Power of ECM

As defined by the ORR (Office of Rail and Road), people or organisations who are responsible for the maintenance of vehicles used on the mainline railway are known as entities in charge of maintenance (ECMs). Most vehicles on the mainline railway are required to have an ECM assigned to them in the National Vehicle Register (NVR) and depending on the type of vehicle, the ECM may also be required to obtain an ECM certificate from a certification body.

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