D2 Rail supports J. Murphy and Sons with utility diversions on CP6 Renewals Frameworks

D2 Rail has been engaged to support leading engineering and construction company Murphy across a range of schemes, on their CP6 renewals frameworks in the Anglia, Southeast and Wessex regions.

As a specialist delivery partner, D2 Rail are currently providing management and coordination support for the utility works across several schemes as part of the CP6 structures programme.

This involves ensuring that designs, estimates, and procurement are delivered in line with each project’s schedule. Our expert team will undertake utility impact assessments, advise on scope of works and survey requirements, and assist in developing the programme, risk, and opportunity identification. The team will also establish relationships with the utility companies affected by the schemes.

Utility diversions are considered high risk, in terms of both project costs and programme delivery delays. They can also cause safety issues, disruption, and inconvenience to the public. D2 will help to manage, reduce, and even eliminate these risks.

John Johnson, operations director for rail at D2, commented: “We’re delighted to be working with J. Murphy and Sons, which selected D2 because of our experience of delivering utility diversions for major projects. This experience, coupled with our extensive knowledge of the utility industry, meant that we were ideally positioned to provide support with the CP6 framework.”

D2 Rail’s utilities team have worked on a range of challenging projects, including the Northern Hub Programme and Transpennine Route Upgrade. Our latest project involves working on multiple schemes and across different regions, as well as building relationships with different project teams and utility companies. Each scheme is at a different stage in its lifecycle, and challenges vary from one to another.

John Walker, senior project manager at J. Murphy and Sons, commented: “D2 rail have assisted us greatly with the planning and management of the Utility diversions at Nazeing New Road and in planning the significant utility interface for Year 5 structures replacements”.

If you would like to enquire about utilities support from D2 Rail for your project or organisation, please contact: info@d2rail.co.uk.

Louis Szymanski nominated for Graduate or Newcomer of Year Award at Rail Staff Awards 2022

D2’s Louis Szymanski has been nominated in the Graduate or Newcomer of the Year category in this year’s RailStaff Awards.

The RailStaff Awards are designed to honour the people and teams in the industry that go above and beyond to make the UK’s rail industry one of the best in the world.

D2 are incredibly proud of Louis’s nomination and extremely appreciative of his contributions to the business. Louis has an amazing work ethic, he is confident, professional, and extremely passionate about people and about the projects he works on. He continuously looks at ways he can add value and leads by example by volunteering for numerous working groups that focus on improving equality, diversity, Inclusion, health, and wellbeing in the UK rail industry.

In Louis’s role on the Early Careers Professionals group committee, he helps create a safe place where members can engage and support one another in the early stages of their careers. The committee looks at enhancing professional development and networking opportunities for apprentices, graduates, placement students or anyone new to the industry.

He also has a keen interest in equality, diversity, mental and emotional health, and how it affects people in and out of the workplace. To be able to support his friends, family, and work colleagues he volunteered to be Mental Health First Aider. He completed his training and immediately joined the Mental Health First Aider group on Transpennine Route Upgrade West Alliance, supporting up to 1200 people across the project.

Louis leads the Equality Diversity and Inclusion group for D2 Rail, and volunteers on the Transpennine Route Upgrade Equality Diversity and Inclusion group as an ED&I Champion. As part of his role in the group Louis leads the Age workstream for the protected characteristics under the ED&I act. Louis’s goal is to help make strides in equality, diversity, and inclusion within the industry. In his role as an ED&I Champion he helps bring awareness and improves the experience of all employees for underrepresented groups with protected characteristics.

Although Louis’s background is not in Rail, he strives to find improvements and a smarter way of working. At D2 Rail he has implemented a challenge statement process which lets anyone in the business put forward a problem that needs to be resolved. He then assigns people to a work stream to resolve the issue. This has been extremely important in the development of our company.

Louis is a shining example for newcomers to the rail industry. He looks at ways he can make it easier for others to follow in his path by providing guidance, support and helping to create a positive working environment. We feel Louis is a worthy winner for Graduate or Newcomer of the Year award, and as a business we are extremely proud of his contributions to the business, his colleagues, and the industry as a whole. If you would like to read more about Louis’s nominations and place your vote  please click here the deadline for voting is the 16th October.

Life as an Apprentice – Blog #1

D2 Rail recently took on it’s first apprentice within the Utilities Team. We will be posting regular updates about Tom’s progress and experiences. Over to Tom…

My name is Thomas Maksymowicz and I have recently started work at D2 Rail as an apprentice in the Utilities Management department. I chose to apply for this job as it was something that interested me and want to learn more about.

My first day consisted of an induction in the office and meeting the rest of the team (Graeme Clarke and Steve Cooper) and System Administration Manager, Tricia Rogers. I have done tasks to help develop my knowledge whilst working from home during the COVID 19 pandemic.

My first task set for me was to create a PowerPoint presentation (An Introduction to Utilities). This was useful as it encouraged me to search for relevant information about some of the utility companies on the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) and why they are important to the project. I have also produced and sent C3 Application letters to utility companies asking where their assets are in specific areas.

Over the past three weeks I have attended various training sessions including a ‘Rough Guide to Track’ and ‘Linesearch Utilities’ via Microsoft Teams. These sessions introduced me to the basics of Rail and Utilities and has helped me to learn more about it. These sessions have been very beneficial to me as I am still able to learn, listen and speak to people online whilst working from home and gain a better understanding about rail and the industry.

I will be studying Civil Engineering Technician Level three programme at Salford college on day release for the next three years (30 months) where I will learn about various aspects of civil engineering and construction.

I look forward to the future and where this opportunity will take me.