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Keyline launches specialist rail business

Keyline, part of the Travis Perkins Group, has launched a nationwide operation to deliver building materials solutions to the rail industry.
Published 25 January 2012

Keyline, part of the Travis Perkins Group, has launched a nationwide operation to deliver building materials solutions to the rail industry. Drawing upon unrivalled expertise within the sector, the specialist business will enable Keyline to support all rail infrastructure projects across the UK providing the highest levels of compliance, product range and availability, service levels and logistics support.

The new operation will be located at a newly opened National Rail Office at Electra Business Park in Canning Town, East London. It will be supported by 6 regional offices with dedicated rail specialists as well as a nationwide network of 88 Keyline branches and more than 1,700 additional locations within the Travis Perkins Group.

In addition to providing central management and customer service functions for Keyline's rail business, the team at the National Rail Office will also lead Travis Perkins Group's approach to Crossrail, Europe's largest civil engineering construction project. Keyline will take advantage of more than 80 branches along the Crossrail route and a further 100 locations within the M25, as well as Keyline's approved fleet of compliant vehicles and drivers.

Keyline offers the most extensive supply chain to meet the precise needs of the rail sector and ensure contractors avoid costly penalties and fines as a result of delays or missed deadlines. An in-house fleet of 179 crane-operated vehicles and 250 fully compliant drivers work round the clock to provide a highly effective delivery solution that addresses the challenges of restricted access and time-constraints to stations and tracks across the rail network.

Working with main and sub contractors, along with organisations such as Network Rail and London Underground, Keyline provides the most comprehensive range of core and specialist products for the rail industry. It includes product solutions for trackside, tunnelling, platforms, station buildings, traffic management, transport links and site safety. Nationally Keyline also stocks more than 1,500 products in project quantities with 97 per cent availability and its dynamic procurement for specialist items, guarantees product availability for even the tightest deadlines.

Richard Wade, Rail Sector Manager at Keyline commented: "The creation of this dedicated operation means we are best placed to supply heavy building materials to organisations within the rail industry. Our unrivalled expertise and fully-approved resources ensure we can work in partnership with all specialist contractors, large infrastructure companies and rail organisations to supply the right products, to the right place, at the right time."

Keyline is a Link-up approved supplier to the rail industry, complying with all legislative requirements such as health and safety practises, environmental concerns and British / ISO standards.

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