Hamstead fibre

Jan 2022
Jul 2022

We have worked on projects for client Siemens since 2014.

We provide:

  • skilled trades, supervisors and labour
  • professional and technical, bid and tender, signalling, civils, rolling stock, human factors engineering, and trackwork professionals
  • and we deliver civil engineering contracts on resignalling projects.

Durham Coast

We are currently providing a large number of people to Siemens on the north-east Durham Coast rail upgrade. The works include replacing old signal boxes with new automatic barriers. VGC teams are also involved in constructing RAB and LOC bases for upgrading the signalling system. Our teams are supported by labour manager Anthony Iley and senior recruitment consultant Anthony Fender.Our site manager covers the Siemens sites across the project to ensure workers comply with all safety standards.

Network Rail resignalling

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

“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.”

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.

On the Durham Coast project, Mark Griffiths, telehandler driver, Robert Brown, yard operative and pick-up driver (both VGC), Sirilo Sautaka (MPI Limited) and Dan Maplebeck (Coyle Personnel) were thanked for swift action ensuring the integrity of the railway.

They noticed a car stopped on the level crossing at Norton-on-Tees. Thinking the driver was ill, they rushed to the vehicle to assist. The car was empty but the handbrake was off. So they quickly pushed the car clear of the Network Rail open line. It turned out that the owner, who was inside the nearby pub, had mistakenly left the handbrake off, and the car had rolled onto the crossing. Their quick thinking prevented what might have been a major incident.

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