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Signalling Better Links as Victoria Rail Project Wins National Award

22 April 2014

Signalling Better Links as Victoria Rail Project Wins National Award

RPS is part of a team delivering next generation signalling technology on the award winning Regional Rail Link project in the Australian state of Victoria. The landmark public transport project has now been nationally recognised with the Infrastructure Project of the Year award from Infrastructure Partnership Australia.

The multi-billion dollar Regional Rail Link project will deliver 90km of new track separating the regional and metropolitan rail networks right into Melbourne’s busy CBD and provide regional lines with dedicated tracks to improve passenger journeys.

RPS is part of the Rail Systems team delivering the project's train control, signalling and passenger information systems that will activate the Rail Link’s infrastructure. RPS’ team, headed by Meegan Sullivan, is providing environmental management, infrastructure sustainability, stakeholder and community engagement, risk and innovation advice, and industrial relations for the project.

The GE ElectrologIXS signalling system being installed by Rail Systems is a first for Victoria and is an integral part of Regional Rail Link project. Two new stations, upgrades for four existing stations and 13 road and rail grade separations are also part of the project.

According to IPA Chief Executive Brendon Lyon, the Regional Rail Link was judged the best project: ‘because it has been delivered extremely well in spite of significant complexities; because it represents a good partnership between the Commonwealth and state governments and the private sector; and because it will transform Victoria’s regional and metropolitan rail services’.

Victorian Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the award was recognition of the fact that Regional Rail Link was an exceptional project that had been extremely well run: `This complex project is on time and on budget, and will transform Victoria’s rail network, delivering significant benefits for Victorians’.

RPS and Clear Environmental Consultants Ltd

10 April 2014

RPS and Clear Environmental Consultants Ltd

RPS is pleased to announce the acquisition of Clear Environmental Consultants Ltd. Clear provides the UK water sector with a wide range of consultancy services in wastewater, flood risk, clean water and ecology from offices in Derby, Sheffield and Glasgow. The company has grown steadily since 2003 to around 90 staff.

Ladybower Reservoir Derbyshire. FreeImages.com/David Bryan

Clear specialises in sewerage modelling, urban pollution management, river modelling, drainage, clean water modelling, storm water management and ecology. The company has a strong track record in undertaking hydraulic modelling and wastewater planning and provides asset management and optimisation solutions to Water Companies.

Clear has developed an excellent reputation for delivering high quality, innovative solutions whilst achieving efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Clear will join the UK Water Division of RPS which currently provides a range of operational and technical services to the water and wastewater sectors of the UK water industry.

The acquisition will strengthen RPS’ ability to provide both water companies, and the wider environment sector, with the full range of technical and operational wastewater services that are of increasing demand in a changing climate with evermore extreme weather conditions. In particular, it will align RPS with the water companies’ objectives of reducing flooding and pollution incidents whilst optimising the balance between capital and operational expenditure.

Managing Director of Infrastructure, Trevor M Hoyle, comments: “The coming together of RPS and Clear creates a truly unique offering in the U.K. wastewater industry. We look forward to welcoming and working with our new colleagues to add value to our clients’ businesses.”