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Welcome to Vital - Your Premier Rail Support Services Provider

At Vital Rail, we take pride in being a major support services provider dedicated to enhancing, renewing, and maintaining rail, light rail, and underground infrastructure. With over 40 years of experience, we stand as a RISQS accredited supplier of personnel, ensuring that safety, delivery, and innovation are at the forefront of all our endeavours.

Why Choose Vital Rail? As a first-tier supplier to the majority of the UK’s rail infrastructure companies, we've built a strong history of successful partnering agreements. Our commitment revolves around delivering a high level of service, fostering trust, maintaining commercial competitiveness, and working tirelessly to meet our customers' needs around the clock.

Investing in Our People We believe in the power of our people. That's why we heavily invest in our workforce, offering truly multi-skilled, flexible teams. Our comprehensive training programs ensure our staff is not only competent across various skill sets but also confident in a multitude of work activities.

Leading in Rail Governance Vital Rail is a market leader in Rail governance. Our Fatigue and Rostering policies and procedures are continuously evolving, supported by a bespoke technology solution; Oracle, PeopleSoft. Our Rail Resourcing team efficiently monitors and manages daily work schedules for over 3,000 operatives, utilising real-time fatigue management and rostering software.

Safety and Compliance Safety and Compliance are non-negotiables for us. With independent divisional teams, we provide our customers with confidence, ensuring that Vital resources are deployed safely and compliantly at all times. As proud representatives of the Rail labour fraternity, we are a chosen member of the Rail industry’s Track Safety Alliance.

Nurturing Future Talent At Vital, we are passionate about introducing and developing the next engineering talent. Proud members of The 5% Club Charter, we consistently deliver by bringing new, diverse groups into the industry each year through our Rail Apprenticeship Programme.

Choose Vital Rail for excellence, innovation, and a commitment to the future of rail infrastructure.

We deliver work packages as principal contractor or subcontractor, services include:
  • Supply of skilled railway personnel – we have the largest pool of skilled railway personnel in the UK rail industry. Built up over 25+ years and supported by their industry leading health and safety department. Our operatives are highly experienced on a range of work types, including, P-way maintenance, track renewals and S&C renewals.

  • Building and Civils– we have a proud history of supplying resource, with specific skills and experience, to the full spectrum of on and off-track works in the building and civil industry. Thus, enabling a core workforce of proven and tested operatives.

  • Contracting Services– focusing on permanent, contract and temporary positions, our people have unrivalled industry sector knowledge and understand that each market vertical requires specialist expertise. Key sectors include, consultancy services, signalling and telecoms and electrification and power.

  • Welding – specialists in providing highly competent and experienced rail welding teams throughout the UK, with a responsibility to help produce the next wave of talented rail industry workers, ensuring the industry continues to thrive.

  • Underground rail – we have an experienced management team which has worked on some of the UK’s most high-profile projects. We sponsor more than 2,000 staff supported by 300 vehicles under the supervision of our dedicated HSQE and support services team.

  • Rail Projects – As a Principal Contractor, Vital Projects have considerable experience in successfully delivering rail renewals directly to Network Rail and to other Tier 1 Rail Contractors. Click here for Vital Projects

  • Rail Security - Vital are at the forefront of tailored Rail Security solutions and are extremely well placed to support our customers’ requirements in this growing field. As Network Rail’s supplier of choice for Trespass, Vandalism, Route Crime and Cable Theft services, our experienced management team work tirelessly to provide ongoing, 24/7 support. Click here for Vital Security

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