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Class 158 Passenger Train operating under the Comms Design RETB Next Generation Radio Signalling System in Scotland

Unipart Group acquires Comms Design Ltd

Harrogate-based Comms Design Ltd designs and manufactures electronic products primarily for rail industry It will join a growing portfolio of digital businesses, products and services in Unipart Group The acquisition will enable both companies to develop in the UK and overseas 4 November 2020 – Unipart today announces it has acquired 100% of the share capital …

Comms Design is RISQS audited

Comms Design maintains RISQS accreditation

After being audited this week, Comms Design is pleased to have maintained it’s RISQS (Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) accreditation. RISQS gives rail industry customers confidence that suppliers have been rigorously audited to ensure their systems meet the stringent requirements of the UK rail network. Being RISQS audited ensures Comms Design can continue to design …

Track workers on the RETB-signalled West Highland Line

We’re still here for you

Here at Comms Design, we are proud to be playing our small part in helping to keep the nation’s railways running in these challenging times. For our RETB UK user community, we are still here to provide new equipment, spares & repairs and phone and email support so please get in touch if you need …

LNWR extend their RETB fleet

Heritage charter provider LNWR Heritage has added RETB in-cab signalling equipment to more of their diesel rolling stock. Another Class 37 is being fitted out at LNWR’s Crewe depot this month, giving greater flexibility in running their charter services on the West Highland Line and Far North Line in Scotland.

ScotRail Class 153 Bike Train

A warm welcome to RETB for Brodie Engineering and the Class 153

A new fleet of vehicles is being introduced onto RETB routes in Scotland. Brodie Engineering is refurbishing 5 Class 153 units with RETB radio signalling equipment designed and supplied by Comms Design Ltd. The Class 153s are having 20 new cycle racks fitted to improve bicycle and winter sports equipment carrying facilities on the popular …

New system developments for RETB on the Far North Line

Comms Design Limited are proud to be working with Network Rail to provide enhancements to the Far North Line RETB route. We are currently developing a new request stop system, with the first units to be installed in 2020. The Request Stop system will enhance the travelling experience for customers using request stop stations on …

New RETB locomotive and yellow plant cab fitments

Cab fitment support to the industry for new vehicle entrants onto RETB routes is an on-going service provided by Comms Design Limited.  This month additional cab equipment was supplied for Plesser & Theurer tamping plant and LNWR Heritage Class 37 and 47 locos.

Doing our bit

We are currently converting all our premises lighting to high-efficiency low-power LED units. This should save over 1 tonne of emitted CO2 per year, every little bit helps! This new lighting will pay for itself in less than 18 months so makes good commercial sense as well. If you haven’t done this yet in your …

Rail North of the Border Event September 2019

It was a pleasure to be invited to attend the Rail North of the Border dinner and conference event on the 5th September 2019. The high-calibre keynote speakers and debate panellists reminded us all of the real passion and future vision for success on Scotland’s railways.  Comms Design Limited are proud to be major contributors …

New RETB support equipment delivered to DJ Civil Engineering

This month we supplied track possession management equipment to DJ Civil Engineering Ltd. Supporting open-access for permanent way services companies to bid for work on RETB routes is part of our core mission.