Fast Track to the Future

August 21, 2017

© Crossrail Ltd. An Architect’s Impression of the New Crossrail Elizabeth Line

Responsive Engineering is celebrating a successful entry into the booming rail industry with a contract to manufacture ground-breaking products for the London Crossrail development. By combining the skills of teams across the business, the firm was awarded a £2m contract with a key supplier to the £14.8bn project, which aims to transform travel for passengers in the city.

The expertise of the workforce played a crucial role in delivering the products due to their complex technical requirements. The customer was also impressed with the facilities in the 33,300m2 Armstrong Works – with capacity not only to manufacture their orders but also to store and assemble the high volume of large parts.

Components manufactured by Responsive Engineering for the Crossrail development

The contract follows success in gaining the EN 15085 Certification for Welding of Railway Vehicles and Components (CWRVC), which provides firms with a green light to operate in the industry. Business development manager, Barry Vineall, said: “This really has been a whole team effort and the success of the contract is down to our highly skilled and dedicated workforce.

“We won this contract as we were unique in being able to meet the demands of the customer – not only in our ability to manufacture a ground-breaking product due to the skills of our employees but also in the facilities we have here at Armstrong Works. “We are now in talks with several other leading rail suppliers and we anticipate rail to be a key market for future opportunities.”

Find out more about the Crossrail project on the video below:

Workshop of the World

The North East was the birthplace of rail manufacturing and Armstrong Whitworth carried out construction and supply of steam and diesel locomotives to railway systems in Britain and overseas, including Belgium, Palestine, Argentina and Australia.

Credit: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. Carrying out repairs to locomotives in 12 Shop, Scotswood Works, Newcastle upon Tyne, April 1948