SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, was assigned a contract to provide complex Maintenance Optimization services in the United Kingdom by Grand Central Railway Company Limited on July 2, 2011. The maintenance was contracted by Grand Central through a depot access agreement to Northern Rail at Heaton depot in Newcastle.

Grand Central Railway Company Limited is a privately-owned train operating company (TOC) in the UK. In order to improve the current maintenance examination regimes of its fleet of high-speed trains (HST) between the northeast of England, Yorkshire and London, Grand Central looked for a reliable third-party testing company.

Due to its first-rate experience and know-how in similar projects, SGS Correl Rail (SGSCRL) was awarded the contract to perform comprehensive Maintenance Optimization services. 

Throughout the entire contract, scheduled from July to November 2011, SGS will optimize the maintenance examination regimes of the HST fleet by introducing balanced examination work. SGS’s objective is to improve the overall amount of examination work, by providing examinations more frequently, but with less content.

Drawing on its extensive competence and expertise in the field of inspection and verification, SGS’s team of highly skilled experts will help the client to create an optimized Grand Central HST balanced maintenance examination regime to ensure a constant workload at the Grand Central depot, which requires less resources and a reduction in labor. 

With SGS’s help, Grand Central Railway Company Limited will conduct their maintenance works more efficiently, using less resources and with a leaner labor force, which will result in a smoother workflow and a more constant level of staff.

About SGS Correl Rail 

In June 2011, the SGS Group acquired Correl Rail Limited, thereby achieving an important development in its service offerings for rolling stock manufacturers, operators and component suppliers. Correl Rail functions as a permanent Notified Body and provides certification of new, upgraded and modified rolling stock, technical assessment of products and processes, consultancy and training. The joint-service portfolio represents supplementary added-value to customers.

About SGS Industrial Services

Industrial Services is one of the major business lines of the SGS Group, a global service provider for technical verification, inspection, testing and conformity assessment. SGS Industrial Services ensures that the customer’s installations, material, equipment, facilities and projects meet all quality and performance requirements, whether they are regulatory, voluntary or customer based. Industrial Services has decades’ worth of experience and some remarkable references in serving key industries, such as Construction, Industrial Manufacturing and Trade  the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry, Power Generation and Transmission, Banks and Financial Institutions, as well as Renewable Energy.

As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS has accreditations to all major standards and is recognized as a leading global benchmark in the field of inspection, verification, certification and testing. With experienced and qualified staff, SGS operates an extensive network of offices and laboratories in various fields, which together offer a wide range of certification services.

SGS Industrial Services
Gary Winstanley
Business Development Manager
SGS CORREL Rail Limited
House, Holborn Hill, Birmingham,
B7 5PA, United Kingdom

t: +44 (0)121 326 3672
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SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 67,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.