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Pod-Talk – First Issue

Welcome to the first of our quarterly newsletters.

As we embark on new markets and developing our existing divisions this newsletter is designed to keep you up to date with where we are as a company and where we are going in the future. 2015 / 2016 started off at a slow pace for us at the start of the year but we finished strong in the last quarter of the year and have great prospects for the year 2016/2017 ahead with over 65% of Forecast turnover already secured.

Personally I am excited about the year ahead with securing some great work and also securing our largest project to date in Ilford depot for Volkerfitzpatrick through our Civils & OLE divisions working together we have demonstrated that we are the multidisciplinary provider that our clients want to work with. Last year we also strengthened our foothold on the Airports market with securing works direct for Heathrow Airport Ltd which is a great accomplishment for our business and will hopefully develop into a larger marketplace for us to trade within the Uk infrastructure.

Pod-Trak Ltd has developed and matured over the past couple of years and this is down to the continued hard work, support and culture of all our people and I look forward to carrying this relationship forward into the future. With the workload developing I also want to ensure that you keep a lookout for each other as we all need to go home safe every day and this is everybody’s responsibility so look out for each other. So no matter what your role if you see something wrong raise it and don’t walk by.

That’s all from me for now and I hope you enjoy the reading and please stay safe out there. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Paul O’Donnell Managing Director Pod-Trak Ltd….Read Newsletter

Safety Award

Congratulations to our Civils team, headed up by John Kearney, who have displayed and maintained exceptional safety standards on the Thameslink Key Output 2 project, coming out on top in the first two quarters of the Exceptional Safety Performance Award. Our Civils team have been present on this scheme for the best part of four years and have continued to deliver consistent levels of quality and health & safety. With year on year improvement in the awareness and implementation of behavioural safety, we have recorded zero RIDDOR and increased our Close Call reporting, both internally and via the Principal Contractor, using Balfour Beatty’s Observations app (available to download free for Android and iOS). We aim to keep improving our performance and cement our place at the top of the leaderboard through to project completion in 2017.

Pod-Trak open a new Department

Pod-Trak are proud to announce the opening of a new department in the business to cater for our ever-increasing portfolio of works at Heathrow Airport. Through many successful projects delivered for Heathrow Express on the rail infrastructure side of the business, Pod-Trak have expanded upon the scopes of works that can be delivered in-house and have taken the decision to offer a dedicated team, headed-up by Senior Contracts Manager Gary Kane, to deliver high quality projects in a diverse environment at Heathrow Airport.


Airside works at T5 baggage handling facilities have already been awarded to Pod-Trak by Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) through this department, where long-standing water ingress issues will be tackled, protecting Heathrow’s assets and passenger possessions from future damage and degradation for many years to come.


Future projects currently in the design phase with early contractor involvement from the new team include revamp of the Heathrow Express ticket desk locations at T2, T3 CTA, T4, T5 and Paddington Station, drawing upon experience within the team in architectural cladding, feature metalwork, fit-out, electrical and comms projects; early negotiations are also in place to refresh and rebrand the POD Parking stations located in the T5 campus. With endless opportunity available at Heathrow and other airports & railway stations throughout the UK, Pod-Trak resolve to offer the same quality, practical thinking and dedication experienced by their clients in the railway sector, hoping to break the mould for the procurement models currently in place for these hubs along the way in offering the best value for money possible.

Updated: Northern Rail electric

The first Class 319 services began this morning at 06:16 when train 319363 departed Liverpool Lime Street for Manchester Airport.

Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “This first electric train to travel between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport signifies the completion of the latest stage of a much bigger electrification programme in the north west.

“When the north west electrification upgrades and network improvements are completed in 2019 they will deliver significant, long term benefits to passengers across the north of England.”

Alex Hynes, managing director for Northern said: “What an exciting time for our customers in the north west! Being able to deliver these electric services to them is the culmination of years of planning and will bring more seats, more space and improved journeys for our customers.”

Original Story – 04/03/15

RTM has learned that the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has officially approved the newly installed overhead lines on the route from Manchester to Liverpool, via Newton-le-Willows, for use, allowing Northern Rail to begin passenger services using the refurbished electric Class 319s.

Rob Warnes, planning and programmes director at Northern, told RTM’s Sam McCaffrey last week that the delayed introduction of electric services was hoped for this week.

On 23 February a ‘Mobile Electrical Network Testing, Observation and Recording’ (MENTOR) test had been run: a diesel locomotive hauling a carriage with a pantograph, to prove that it is safe for electric trains to run on the line. After that was successful, two Class 319s went out under test conditions, with everything looking good.

Warnes said that there was one more test scheduled for 24 February, and pending the success of that, and ORR approval, which has now been given, Northern planned to run its first electric Class 319 immediately.

The first service is expected to start from Liverpool and terminate at Manchester Airport. RTM understands that eight services a day will be operated by the 319s in either direction until the May timetable change, when more 319s will be introduced.