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Motion awarded full Network Rail Principal Contractor Licence

Award-winning specialist rail systems engineering company Motion has secured a full Network Rail Principal Contractor Licence (PCL).

The full licence formalises the Gwent-based SME’s credentials for delivering rail communication and electrical services projects.

It follows Network Rail’s comprehensive audit and assessment of a multi-million pound project where Motion, under a provisional PCL, was contracted to deliver the digital upgrade of the UK-wide Railnet lineside telephony system for operator Lumen Technologies.


The complex scope of works included delivering surveys, designs and installation, uplifting the Fixed Telecommunications Network (FTN) and next generation FTNx and installing media gateways, with entry into service currently underway.

The contract also includes five-years of maintenance and faulting of the national Railnet estate.

Network Rail’s licensing team attended site to assess the works and interviewed the project team and directors to determine whether Motion was adhering to its PCL systems and processes.

The company’s approach to railway assurance was determined to be completely satisfactory.

The full PCL permits Motion to act in its own right as a main contractor on Network Rail-controlled infrastructure schemes across the UK, managing its own works and also suppliers and sub-contractors.

“We are delighted and extremely proud to achieve our full Principal Contractor Licence,” comments company Founder and CEO Emma Dymond.

“It is an outstanding achievement and testament to the entire team’s commitment and dedication to railway assurance.

“The licence demonstrates our specialist expertise, technical and procedural processes and extremely high levels of health and safety due diligence meet Network Rail’s standards.

“It moves us further along the exciting journey I started 14 years ago and we are now ready for new opportunities and the next phase in our growth plan.

“We will be developing a better and healthier contracting culture and practices to enable SMEs to develop and succeed as Motion has.

“We remain committed to delivering innovative, safe designs and multi-functional resilient solutions, future-proofing infrastructure across the UK rail network.”

To support the company’s operational growth five apprentices – four engineering and one commercial – started at Motion this month.

Established in 2009, Motion specialises in integrating and modifying legacy and digital rail equipment, with solutions considering whole-life costs from design through to implementation and maintenance, ensuring value for money and delivering effective engineering.

The team has worked on several high-profile national projects including Crossrail, Thameslink and The Greater West Electrification.

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