Budding Brunels Rail alumni on Network Rail placement

Three students (Adele, Suraj and Katie) who excelled on a recent Budding Brunels Rail course were selected to complete a 5 day industry placement with Network Rail and Costain. Network Rail runs, maintains and develops Britain’s rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels and level crossings in the UK whilst also managing many major stations. Costain deliver asset lifecycle solutions across the entire railway and are one of Network Rail’s key partners on the Crossrail project.

The five day placement, organised by Ben Coughlan (Community Relations Manager, Costain) was designed to explore a diverse range of careers available in construction and the rail industry. Following the placement, Adele, Suraj and Katie used the following words to describe their five days – “amazing”, “beneficial” and “insightful”.   

The students had the opportunity to visit a variety of construction projects throughout London, including;

  • Network Rail offices at Enterprise House, Paddington,
  • Crossrail sites at Mile End and Canary Wharf and Crossrail Anglia,  
  • ATC Systemwide responsible for installing vital elements within Crossrail tunnels i.e. signalling, track, communication systems,   
  • Bond Street Station- where the students visited the new tube station entrances being built for TFL
  • TFL Hammersmith flyover improvement works.

In addition to touring sites and seeing works taking place, the students also attended staff meetings and had one-to-one discussions with over twenty industry professionals from a variety of roles.

To conclude the week, Adele (15), Suraj (17) and Katie (15), delivered a group presentation showcasing their enhanced understanding of the industry and the benefits to them of this opportunity.

Our thanks to site hosts:

Charley Whitelock - Costain ATC

Angelika Chraska-Pongo and Paul Brook – Costain/Skanska Bond Street

Nick Mann, Graeme Currie, Aaron Renker and Clive Gower – Network Rail

Jonathan Baggs – Crossrail Ltd

Martin Griffiths – Costain Mile End

Find out more about Budding Brunels Rail here.