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AARC Professional Services Limited

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Company overview

AARCPS’s main motivation is to help clients achieve their goals through the delivery of strategic and technical expertise, with a particular focus on Rail Operations, Rail Infrastructure, Rail Operations Training, Safety & Assurance and Business Change & Projects. We operate at all levels, from frontline through to boardroom and are equally happy working independently or as part of a team. AARCPS’s strength also lies in the depth of experience of its associates – all time served, long term railway professionals, most having worked together previously and all sharing the same passion to deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients.

AARCPS specialises in the following areas:

  • Rail Operations including network operations, train operations and rail depot operations. Our team of associates are able to provide support across all aspects of rail operations, including both short-term tactical rail operational requirements, as well as more strategically focused rail operational issues, covering everything from feasibility and incident reviews through to operations strategy, evaluation and performance management.
  • Rail Infrastructure including rail engineering management and rail maintenance management. Drawing from over five decades of industry experience, we have a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of rail infrastructure at all levels and our associates can provide support in everything from asset strategy, feasibility review and interface management through to access planning, maintenance strategy and performance management.
  • Rail Operations Training including training development and training delivery. A number of our associates are experienced in the design and delivery of skills and bespoke rail training incorporating competency planning, content design and quality assurance, with all support tailored to suit each client’s specific needs and delivered either via a classroom environment or tabletop/practical exercises. In addition, we can also carry out assessments and assist in the verification process.
  • Safety & Assurance including risk management, safety management and assurance management. All of our consultants have worked directly in a safety conscious environment and fully understand and appreciate the importance of a strong safety culture, supporting clients to meet their core safety requirements, from risk analysis, system definition and safety planning through to change/safety validation and safety panel reporting.
  • Business Change & Projects including change management, programme/project management and bid management. Our team of associates cover the complete project lifecycle, from pre-feasibility and bid management through to implementation and project close-out, providing support in everything from benefits evaluation, business case support and bid preparation/tender evaluation through to stakeholder management, project governance and requirements management.

When working with AARCPS, clients can expect us to directly interface with them across every stage of the project, working collaboratively to provide early identification and mitigation of issues, making sure outputs meet expectations and undertaking continuous quality control to deliver outstanding outcomes.

AARCPS’s strength also lies in the depth of experience of our associates – all time served, long term railway professionals, most having worked together previously and all sharing the same passion for the industry. It’s this experience that enables us to focus exclusively on the rail sector, providing support at all levels, from frontline operations through to the boardroom. Though based in the Midlands, we also have a national reach, providing a fast, flexible and sustainable service throughout the UK, with clients in England, Scotland and Wales. Add a collective commitment to providing outstanding outcomes for all of our clients and we believe all of this helps to make us ‘stand out from the crowd’ when it comes to choosing a railway consultancy.

Case studies

Below are a few examples of the projects AARCPS has been successfully involved in. 

Health & Safety Guide for Network Rail’s System Operator

AARCPS Safety and Assurance specialist Liz Parkes and Change Consultant Emma Somers provided support when NR’s System Operator function needed help with a new Health and Safety Guide. Aimed at successfully communicating health and safety processes, standards and interfaces across the organisation, actual production of the guide involved liaison with various members of the System Operator team, including individual interviews, working groups and consultations.

The resulting document included a ‘one-stop-shop’ for readily accessible information, practical tips and resources, organisation based information and the use of real-life scenarios, challenging people’s knowledge and behaviours, as well as encouraging discussion and action.

Signaller training for Network Rail, Scotland

NR Scotland’s Operations Strategy Manager engaged AARCPS to help develop training and supporting materials for bespoke signalling systems including RETB (Radio Electronic Token Block).

Through the provision of signalling and training specialists, AARCPS helped identify and prioritise the practical training priorities, as well as producing a set of ‘off the shelf’ training modules and associated materials (including videos). A training and competency plan addressing the necessary approvals issues was also produced, along with supporting document control. 

Transitional support for SPL Powerlines UK

Prior to its appointment in 2018 as standalone supplier for the delivery of electrification projects to Network Rail, SPL Powerlines UK turned to AARCPS when it needed help with the transition process. Working with SPL’s Transition Director, AARCPS led on the safety verification and assurance work, helping secure SPL’s position as prime supplier – one it continues to hold, delivering electrification projects for Network Rail across the country. As a result, SPL continues to turn to AARCPS for support with its assurance processes. 

Electrical Control Operator (ECO) Training for Amey Infrastructure Wales

AARCPS has been providing operational training for AIW, which was appointed by Transport for Wales (TfW) as the managing agent for its extensive programme of electrification, signalling recontrol and upgrade, track doubling and station improvements. Following the successful provision of signaller training, AARCPS was also retained by AIW to conduct ECO training – directly linked to TfW’s upgrade of the Core Valley Lines’ upgrade, which includes provision of 25Kv OLE electrification and the siting of an electrical control room (ECR) at a new integrated control centre (ICC) at Taffs Well.

This assignment has involved the recruitment, training and assessment of an ECO resource to manage electrical supply and emergency response for the newly-installed OLE and associated infrastructure, with eight new AIW staff taking part in a bespoke training package.

Updates to Health and Safety Management System for Network Rail

AARCPS was commissioned to help Network Rail remodel its overarching health and safety management system into an accessible tool for continuous improvement in risk management, which is integrated with its wider management systems and operating model and which recognises the need for devolved, customer focused decision making.

The remodelled system follows the RM3 Risk Management Maturity Model and has been informed by a gap analysis of current processes, identification of best practice and stakeholder engagement. It recognises Network Rail’s safety certification and authorisation commitments and other requirements of the Railways & Other Guided Transport Systems Regulations (ROGS) and Railways Interoperability Regulations, while covering all Network Rail’s business activities, not just railway operations.

Rail for London Infrastructure (RfLI) on the Elizabeth Line

AARCPS was initially engaged by RfLI’s Head of Maintenance for the Elizabeth line (London’s East to West railway) to provide a report on each maintenance business areas’ readiness for taking over the railway at ROGS. The assignment was extended to support Crossrail’s hand-over of stations, portals and rail wide systems by assuring the necessary information and training was sufficient to enable the maintainer to mobilise.

As sponsor’s representative, the business benefits were achieved by project delivering a fault reporting system link between operational control systems and Maximo (the maintenance work bank system), which enabled operators to initiate a response team directly from the control system. Since entering revenue service, AARCPS has also been working with the heads of departments to improve the concept of the RTIM (Real Time Infrastructure Manager) working 24/7 on the control floor, as well as continuing to support the Elizabeth line’s Infrastructure Manager.