120 months, 521 weeks, 3,652 days or 87,658 hours.
Sounds a lot when you put it like that doesn’t it?
That’s how long it has been since construction manager Peter Kemp first signed on the dotted line and joined VolkerRail.
We spoke to Peter to get the inside scoop on the last 10 years at VolkerRail
After working for British Rail and taking up roles as union representative for British Rail and Carillion, Peter joined GrantRail in 2008 and began work as a supervisor. Just two years on (104 weeks, 730 days and 17,531 hours), Pete was promoted to construction manager, managing the signalling installation staff during the major changes that were happening at that period. Pete has continued in this role, within VolkerRail’s signalling division, and is currently working on a power supply upgrade project on the West Coast mainline as well as a West Anglia Mainline project at Lea Valley.
Looking back on his career, Peter takes real pride from a particular project at Gosberton. Back when Peter was working in a supervisor position. He and his team worked on a plan to upgrade the level crossing to a modern, manually controller barrier crossing. A new, pre-fabricated signal box was also supplied and the level crossing interlocking was entirely renewed. Peter recognises this as a proud moment in his career as it was the first big project he got to work on with multi discipline interfaces, new signals and a new signal box. He learnt a lot from this project which aided him in his further progression into management.
“Over the last 10 years working with GrantRail and then VolkerRail, I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of great people and still do. VolkerRail has a great team and it is a pleasure to come to work every day.
“Everything I have been a part of achieving over the last 10 years has been a testament to all the committed individuals who work within the signalling team and I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of them for their support over the years.”
Speaking to Peter’s colleagues and managers, they say he is a proud and hardworking member of the VolkerRail team. Described as ‘a pleasure to work with’, Peter is a genuine engineer. He is an individual that whenever there is something new to learn or understand, will strive to be able to deliver in that area to the highest possible standard.
Andrew Fawkes, engineering manager (Signalling), presented Peter with his award and said: “On a personal note, I first worked with Pete on the Peterborough lineside renewals scheme when I joined VolkerRail in 2010. I found Pete a real pleasure to work with. His commitment and organisation to completingthe works was one of the scheme’s major successes. He is a genuine engineer and I want to congratulate him on his 10 years’ service. I really hope he is with the business for many, many more years to come.”