October 2014
Across the UK
Siemens and VGC

We have worked on projects for client Siemens since 2014.

We provide skilled trades, labour, engineering, technical and professional people, and deliver civil engineering contracts on resignalling projects.

Operations director Rick Palin said: “Siemens is a good company to work with. Their attitude to safety is exemplary, and they are always wiling to listen to feedback from our teams.”

Robert Brown
Robert Brown, social distancing monitor


The Siemens construction manager emailed to compliment Rob Brown, working on Durham Coast: “The feedback for him from site has been particularly impressive. He has taken the action to do works above and beyond what is required on his own initiative. The site he is working at is now fantastic.”

This followed a comment by Siemens senior management on how organised, clean and presentable the site was.

Key influencer Joe Atherton
Key influencer Joseph Atherton

Key influencer Joe Atherton was commended by Siemens in April 2017 for his performance on the Manchester-Blackpool rail upgrade project.

Andrew Donnelly and Sean Burdette, Alan Taylor, Ian Hendry, Mark O’Leary, Lee Cavill and Jamie Burdette were commended by Siemens for supporting a distressed member of the public and maintaining the safety of the railway in April 2017.

Durham Coast

Anthony Fender
Recruitment consultant Anthony Fender

We are currently providing a large number of people to Siemens on the north-east Durham Coast rail upgrade. Our teams are supported by labour manager Anthony Iley and recruitment consultant Anthony Fender.

Anthony Iley
Labour manager Anthony Iley

Resignalling Network Rail

Andy Gallimore, Siemens installation supervisor, sent an email about one of our civils gangs:

“During the commissioning over Christmas here in Manchester I had the privilege of working with a civils team:

  • G Walker (team leader)
  • L Molyneux
  • C Southam
  • M Fox
  • G Southam

    Graham Walker
    Key influencer Graham Walker

“They were outstanding. Their attitude was excellent, never once complaining, regardless of the task. At the 11th hour they were asked to return at short notice to help complete the final works for the commissioning, and again they obliged.

“These are the people that make the team and make the work happen. Many thanks.”

The team was working on commissioning the Manchester signalling works (Package A4), mainly replacing and upgrading cables and trough routes.

Our team members have worked on resignalling for Siemens in Birmingham, Bolton and Oxford, and we also worked on the northern hub programme for Siemens at Crewe, Birmingham, Banbury and Manchester.

Andy Donnelly and Ian Hendry
Andy Donnelly and Ian Hendry were thanked for their help in getting passengers safely off a train after an OLE failure.

We supply technical and professional staff to the East Coast Main Line resignalling project, the Transpennine project in Manchester, and the Core Valley Lines resignalling project in Wales.

Birmingham New Street

The supervisor for client Siemens thanked the team doing civils work as part of the Birmingham New Street Phase 7 project:

“On Monday night when the vac x machine broke down half way into the shift, the team went out of their way to help me complete the job, and stayed late till it was done.

Troughing gang Trafford Park
Our troughing gang at Trafford Park

“On Wednesday I did my normal rounds, and once again I was extremely impressed with the work done. Credit to

  • Andrew Burgess – COSS / SWL1 (team leader)
  • Lewis Ramsay (PTS civils operative)
  • Paul Turner (PTS civils operative)
  • Neville Hamilton (PTS civils operative).

“Keep up the good work.”

Labour manager Mitch Turbitt also thanked PTS civils operative Sam Marshall, who is usually a member of the gang.


HS2 enabling works at Euston
HS2 enabling works at Euston

Our labour teams worked on HS2 enabling works at Euston for Siemens, preparing for new signalling and cabling.

North-west electrification project

Our people worked for many years for Siemens on the north-west rail electrification project. This included the north Lincolnshire and Crewe junction upgrades, as well as phase 5 Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge line of route works, including troughing and location bases.

Mark Williams and the gang thanked by Siemens
Siemens Rail Automation sent ‘a huge thank you to the team for the effort and dedication’ on the north Lincs rail project. L to R: Mark Williams, Daniel Leonard, Stephen Baxter, Jason O’Keefe and Dave Cotterill

North Lincolnshire rail upgrade

We were the main labour supplier to the North Lincolnshire rail upgrade project.

Our teams upgraded 16 old level crossings, replacing the old-style gates with new automatic barrier systems to reduce operating costs and improve safety. VGC teams also provided all the civil engineering infrastructure for the warning light and siren systems. We were involved in renewing and re-controlling approximately 60 miles of signalling between Scunthorpe and Cleethorpes, with sub-cable routes, equipment bases, walking routes and signage.

Our teams were thanked by client Siemens for their

tenacity and willingness to go the extra mile.

Billy Benjamin, Kev Crainie, Matt Barker, Ben Daly, Richard Lorkin worked on the Siemens rail project in Birmingham

Over Christmas and New Year 2015-16 our teams received a large number of compliments. These include: “their enthusiasm and willingness to work is a breath of fresh air” and “Please pass on my personal gratitude…. The hard work and dedication from the teams ensured we were successful [in the Christmas commissioning]”.

Crewe signalling project

We also supplied professional staff and skilled trades to Siemens on a similar signalling project in Crewe.

Siemens award
Siemens senior managers thanked Andrew Donnelly and his team for supporting a vulnerable member of the public. L to R: Sean Burdette (COSS), Andrew Cardiff (Siemens project manager NWEP phase 4), Alan Taylor (lookout), Ian Hendry (civils installer), Mark O’Leary (Siemens project director), Lee Cavill (COSS), Andrew Donnelly (team leader, COSS), Jamie Burdette (civils installer)

Following a health awareness day run on the Siemens Rail site in north Lincolnshire, Siemens Regional EHS&S Manager Paul Barker said: “The teams gave very positive feedback regarding the supply of occupational health specialists. It was something they really did seem to appreciate, because many of them find their working hours and location make it quite difficult to see their GP for routine checks.”


We supplied a large number of trades and labour to Thameslink, supported by labour manager Mark Beer, as well as professional staff.

Civil engineering projects

VGC Project teams provided civil engineering infrastructure signalling to client Siemens on part of the Volker Rail project. This included cable routes, hard standings, signal bases, signalling station bases and FLI piling.