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Thank you for updating our RISQS procedures and your support at our audit on 13 January 2015. We passed with no major or minor non-compliances so we are now one of the first companies in the rail industry to have achieved 5 stars at audit.


Altaf Nawaab, General Manager, InterCity Training Ltd

Safety Net Access to Health & Safety updates specially designed for companies seeking UK Rail Compliance. Find out more

Become an Approved Railway Contractor 

The Link-up Scheme changed as of 1st September 2014, and is now the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS).  If you have any questions about how your existing qualification relates to this new Scheme then please contact us. 

Developing your system :

You will need a UK Rail Compliance System including procedures and work instructions. We will explain the process, write the documentation, transfer knowledge of how it works, help you implement the system and be at your side on the day of your external audit. 

Maintaining compliance :

If you have a UK Rail Compliance Management System, we can help you to maintain it.

Railway Interface Planning Scheme (RIPS) :

If you are a Principal Contractor or want to apply for the Railway Contractors Certificate we can help you meet the requirements of the RISQS audit protocol for the Railway Interface Planning Scheme.

Software products which help achieve UK Rail Compliance :

  • Need to manage and maintain employee records in a safety critical environment?  Ask us about Auto Alert
  • Need to plan, monitor and manage hours worked in a safety critical environment? Ask us about Timewatch
  • Need to manage your plant/equipment: servicing schedules, safety checks and calibration? Ask us about Asset Manager


Multi-national multi-disciplined consulting engineering company CEI Collins provide expertise in their core areas of structural engineering, transportation analysis, design of transportation systems and underwater engineering. We have supported them to achieve RISQS (Achilles Link-up Rail Compliance certification).

Gerry Hennity, Technical Manager says  "Thank you very much for all of your assistance in helping us prepare for and pass the RISQS Audit (Achilles Link-up Audit) in such a short timescale, and also for allowing your offices to be utilised for the Audit itself.  We could not have achieved this without you and look forward to embedding your core procedures into our new Manchester Office. We are more than pleased with the level of your professionalism and service and look forward to building a working relationship with you in the future."


Sonic Rail Services are a Principal Contractor working directly for Network Rail. They provide a range of services including track renewals, welding and specialised electrical track equipment (ETE) installation and conductor rail heating. We supported the development of an Integrated Management System compliant with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and UK Railway Compliance Systems including RISQS (Link-up) and a Principal Contractor Licence. They also use other FQS products including Safety Net, Auto Alert and Timewatch.

Further Recommendations...

Ayrshire based McCulloch Rail work on the UK Railway Infrastructure installing, transposing, recovering and removing scrap rail, switches, crossings and sleepers.  William and Daniel McCulloch, Directors, comment "Rail Compliance and ISO 9001 are critical to our business. FQS have supported our business since 2003, they are very professional and we highly recommend them."


Stewart Robinson, MD, Sonic Rail says “We have worked with First Quality Solutions for over seven years. We now work directly for Network Rail after achieving our Principal Contractor Licence with their support."


Suppliers wishing to work on the UK Railway Infrastructure need to demonstrate compliant Management Systems. We understand the requirements and have a track record of supporting businesses.


Read more about RISQS Compliance




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