AM Signalling Design Ltd was formed in 2011 and since then has grown into the AM Rail Group, the holding company for AM Signalling and A and M Signalling Services, its counterpart in Hyderabad, India.

Experience of the Group to date includes many Network Rail GRIP 3, 4 and 5 projects along with consultancy on various metro projects for leading railway companies from around the world, including Amey, ARUP, Carillion, Signalling Solutions Ltd, Louis Berger Group and Thales.

However, the freshly rebranded group, which has capability across both metro and mainline systems, has now extended its UK signalling offerings into installation and testing, as well as a complementary rail consultancy service for the UK and other global markets.

This new technical consultancy service within the different railway sectors of metro, heavy haul and light rail offers a diversified team of railway professionals who are committed to delivering excellence in telecoms, electrification, civil design and automatic fare collection (AFC). This fledgling service will continue to develop both capability and capacity to match the footprints of the industry.

AM Rail Group has also set up its own IRSE assessing agency along with a new signalling training academy, demonstrating its commitment to develop competence and its firm intentions in building for the future. The training academy and IRSE assessing agency plans are not only to develop AM’s resources, but also to support industry improvements.

Continuing growth

Having outgrown its previous premises, both physically and strategically, AM Rail Group has now relocated to Longbridge, Birmingham; a place steeped in a rich engineering heritage and a hub for progressive technologies.

With a proven track record for delivering large and complex projects for clients throughout the industry and offering a vast array of signalling services, AM Rail Group now employs more than 100 engineers worldwide and has over 80 signalling design engineers who can provide turnkey solutions for signalling projects covering design, installation, testing and commissioning.

Managing director Miles Hancock said: “Whilst our aim is to become a principal engineering partner of choice for mainline and metro systems in the UK, we are also focussing upon emerging markets overseas, beginning in the Middle East and stretching to Asia and beyond.”

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Operations director Saurabh Gupta would continue to lead AM Rail Group’s global operations and is responsible for ensuring projects are managed and delivered effectively.

AM Rail Group continues to successfully deliver new signalling projects with six recently commissioned including Swindon re-signalling, Chadwell Crossrail enabling, Brentwood Crossrail enabling and Silecroft Level Crossing renewal.

Next steps

This growing business has also started works to support Thales with the Manchester Tram project which will include high level consultancy and approval of signalling design.

As engineering director Adam Saunders commented: “Our successes to date are born out of rigorous implementation of our UK managed quality assurance processes across our extensive in-house resource pools of competent signalling engineering in the UK and India. This enables us to offer fixed priced solutions with absolute programme certainty, giving us a key advantage over our competitors.”

AM Rail Group is also looking at opportunities to support Transport for London and London Underground as part of their continuing investment programme and has a keen interest in high-level opportunities on the Midland mainline electrification project.

Carillion’s Rail Projects team in Crewe has been suitably impressed by AM’s work, highlighting the company’s “commitment, flexibility, dedication and high quality output,” as part of the successful delivery of four level crossing renewals in Cumbria recently.

Undoubtedly, AM Rail Group is building a global brand and embracing its positioning for efficient railway engineering in the worldwide marketplace.

Miles Hancock concluded: “The new branding, restructuring and organic expansion reflects our consistent growth and diversification into other sectors aside from our core offering of signalling design and consultancy ,enabling us to deliver comprehensive solutions for the railways of tomorrow.”