After a competitive tendering process involving a number of major European rail companies, Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group has been selected as the preferred bidder to provide technical and engineering services to Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail. These services will focus on maintenance of the permanent way (track and supporting infrastructure).
The Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group is a Swiss / Austrian family owned railway engineering service provider, which was founded in the 19th century. Fourteen rail mounted machines, owned by Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail, will be used by Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group to deliver track maintenance services to ensure safety, speed, journey time improvements and passenger comfort. Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group expects to employ 56 people to deliver the contract for Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail. These people will be highly skilled Rhomberg Sersa professionals working alongside professionally qualified support staff such as logistics, planning, health, safety, environment and quality personnel, and under Iarnród Éireann supervision. Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group staff will be located at Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail depots in Kildare and Portlaoise and at Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group offices in Kildare. In addition, the company expects to work with SOLAS and Kildare County Council to train a number of apprentice machine operators and technicians.
Don Cunningham, Director of Infrastructure Management, Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail said:
“After a highly competitive procurement process, we are delighted to begin working with Rhomberg Sersa on maintenance of our permanent way. The combined expertise of our two companies and staff will ensure that our infrastructure assets will have the best possible maintenance ensuring longevity and value for money.”
Hubert Rhomberg, member of the Owner Board of Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group, said:
“Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group is very excited to become the partner of choice of Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail and to commence this challenging contract. We are committed to drive value and efficiency gains for our client and we are looking forward to developing a very good working relationship with Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail. Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group has gained a wide range of international expertise working at the forefront of rail technology developments in Austria, Switzerland and Germany as well in the English-speaking world in the UK, Australia and Canada. “