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Rail Consultancy

Boston Rail work with a number of highly experienced Rail Consultants across several sectors of the market such as Track, Freight, Signalling, Telecoms and Rolling Stock. If you have a requirement for some specialist expertise, then please contact Boston Rail directly for a more detailed discussion. We will then “pair” you with the appropriate Consultant who can then support your project.

Meet our consultants

Alan Cudlipp

Alan has enjoyed a 40-year career in the Rail sector, specifically in rail infrastructure engineering. His skills and experience cover all aspects of the infrastructure, including a particular specialism in Track and Permanent Way. He worked for Mott MacDonald for 19 years, latterly as Technical Principal and Professional Head of Track Engineering. After taking early retirement in 2019 he setup his own Consultancy.  Alan is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution.

Recent project experience at a senior engineering level including:

  • HS2 – Phase 1 and 2
  • Transport for Wales – Cardiff Metro
  • Borders Railway
  • Singapore Land Transport Authority
  • Docklands Light Railway

What can Alan help you with?

  • Business Development and Commercial opportunities
  • Technical and Project support
  • Rail engineering projects, from concept through detailed design to construction
  • Design Management
  • CRE (Contractor’s Responsible Engineer)
  • CEM (Contractor’s Engineering Manager)
  • ICP (Independent Competent Person)

Meet our consultants

Steve Nicklen

Steve has had a 30-year career in the Rail sector. His skills and experience covering Manufacturing, Logistics and Commercial areas. He has worked for Balfour Beatty, Network Rail and Hird Rail Services, all in Senior positions. In 2015, he left full-time employment set up his own Consultancy business.

Some of Steve’s project experience includes:

  • Introduced new lightweight polymer cable troughing system in to the UK rail industry, imported from Japan. The company, which he helped create, is now thriving with the troughing being fully approved for use by Network Rail and others.
  • Helped to develop a JV with Fatigue Technology Ltd in Seattle to provide cold hole expansion technology (adopted from the aircraft industry) to the UK rail industry. This is a mandatory safety critical method to avoid cracking in drilled holes in rails to prevent breakages.
  • Designed and developed the “NEONS” electronic track component ordering system which became the industry standard and which led to the Network Rail innovation of the year award.

What can Steve help you with?

  • Procurement / Supply Chain Strategies
  • Tendering and bid management
  • New product development and introduction
  • Commercial opportunities through introductions to key people

What our customers say about working with us across the Bostonair Group

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