Vital Rail has been awarded Network Rail’s Framework Agreement to supply possession management operatives on the LNE route on a Call-off arrangement.

Running for three years from November 10 2012, the award will deliver possession management for the LNE route between London King’s Cross and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The contract will be run by the newly appointed head of possession management at Vital Rail, Terry Jarvis, who will be based at the company’s new office in Doncaster – a key junction on the route.

Gary Hardaker, Vital Rail’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to be awarded such a prestigious agreement to supply possession management operatives to Network Rail.

“To be selected signifies a massive vote of confidence by Network Rail in our capability to deliver contingent labour.  Not only does this award demonstrate our continued commitment to Network Rail, but it also strengthens our position within the market and within the LNE / GN route whilst supporting the overall growth strategy of our business.

“Our knowledge and expertise within the rail industry are second to none, and having successfully delivered on a range of projects for Network Rail over the years, we are confident that this opportunity will be a huge success.”

Terry Jarvis added:  “The award of this agreement opens up numerous possession management job opportunities that we will explore to meet the ongoing requirements of Network Rail.

“Once we have established with Network Rail their immediate requirements we anticipate that Vital Rail will have a requirement for qualified railway operatives to supplement the possession management division at locations across the LNE route including London, Lincolnshire, South, West and North Yorkshire, Teeside and Tyne and Wear.”

Areas of required specialisation include SPICOP, PICOP, Hand Signaller (AOD HS), Level Crossing Attendants (AOD LXA), Points Operators (AOD PO) and Possession Assistants (PA).  Competitive rates will be offered with excellent training and development opportunities.  Applications for these posts must hold COSS or IWA competency with blockroad experience, or possession support staff competency preferred.

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