Yorkshire-based rail firm expands with launch of new civil engineering division

Yorkshire-based railway engineering and design company PBH Rail Group has announced the expansion of its rail infrastructure services with the introduction of a new civil engineering division.

The new Civils division will sit alongside the existing Survey, Overhead Line (OLE), Track Engineering and Permanent Way teams.

The move comes after a year which saw the group’s annual turnover increase by 10 per cent to £11 million.

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The firm has also announced the appointment of Gary Robson, an experienced industry engineer, to spearhead the new team.

Gary Robson,  managing director for PBH Rail's new Civil Consulting group.Gary Robson,  managing director for PBH Rail's new Civil Consulting group.
Gary Robson, managing director for PBH Rail's new Civil Consulting group.

With 25 years in the rail industry, Mr Robson is joining the PBH Rail Group from Spencer Group and will be taking on the role of managing director for the Civil Consulting group company, tasked with developing the team and growing the business stream.

He said: “I am honoured to be joining PBH Rail. I have collaborated with the team on many projects in the past, and our shared mindset in terms of our approach to projects, clients, and staff made the decision to join PBH Rail an easy one.

“I am also hoping to continue to develop younger professionals entering the industry to help to address the skills gap within the industry, which is currently a real and critical issue.

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“Moving forward, my plan is to build a team in a way to help the PBH Rail Group develop and mentor professionals, planning for long term security of skills, knowledge, and resources.”

PBH Rail said the new Civils division will “bolster” its expertise in the industry, delivering “tailored, full-service rail engineering”.

The Civils division will firstly support existing demand for civil-related design within the wider PBH Rail Group, then aim to develop new opportunities with existing and new clients.

Headquartered in York, PBH Rail Group works exclusively on rail projects for clients across the UK and internationally.

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Established in 2003, the firm currently employs 94 members of staff across its five divisions including, Permanent Way, Track Engineering, OLE, Survey, and now Civils.

Managing director at PBH Rail, Mark Bonner added: “We are thrilled to be embarking on what feels like a new chapter for the business.”

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