News from Makeswift

Today marks the start of Rail Safety Week.

Passenger and worker safety is embedded in the operations of all rail operators and the orange army that supports and maintains the network.

With a team who all have experience in the delivery of either civils or software to the rail and metro industries, it is no surprise that MakeSwift was created with safety very much in mind.

By taking a pragmatic approach to the problem of delivering the best in flexible real-time reporting, but with a focus on how this can be available to all players in the infrastructure supply chain, MakeSwift has created cloud-based reporting tool that supports consistency and care in the delivery of safety and quality processes for field based operatives.

The ability for colleagues to report perceived hazards and concerns from their own mobile device, in real-time, has potential to significantly reduce the numbers of slips, trips and falls across the network for all stakeholders. MakeSwift enables colleagues to do this, using pre-set templates to ensure that action on each submission can be swift, but also that analysis and processing of the data can uncover future opportunities for safety improvements and operating efficiencies.

Workforce road vehicle driving is another area of significant risk focus from the industry and is also an area on which MakeSwift has spent much thought. Our platform replaces paper based processes for everything from daily walk around vehicle checks, to accident reports, driving hours reports, damaged in transit reports, refuelling reports and much more. MakeSwift apps make best use of your mobile devices by including GPS location and camera images in report templates, further enhancing the ability of submissions to be acted upon quickly and accurately.

Through creating more connected workers we hope to contribute to building a safer working culture, where information moves more quickly and is more accurate, resulting in swifter resolution to risk.  Also where data, critical to future safety decisions is available to analyse in interrogate at all levels of the supply chain.

To find out more about what we do and what MakeSwift has to offer for your business, get in touch.

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MakeSwift Rail Safety Week



Date posted: 2 July 2018

CPS Rail at Bank Station Capacity Upgrade


In the last 10 years, the use of Bank station has risen by 50%. 337000 customer journeys now pass through the station each day and demand continues to rise. Because of this, London Underground are currently undertaking substantial improvements at Bank station, which will increase capacity, reduce interchange times and improve accessibility.

The Bank station capacity upgrade is a £564 million project that is scheduled for completion in 2021. Atkins are the principal design delivery partner for this project. This Atkins contract includes delivery of the £12 million SSIU (Systems Integration and Upgrade) design and build project, to provide a new station operations room and replace CCTV and passenger help points.

The project

CPS Rail are working with Atkins, delivering civils works as part of the SSIU project. Up to 8 CPS Rail teams, including a range of specialist trades, are working daily onsite across a range of works that includes the new station operations room. Successful and efficient delivery of this technically demanding civils project has been possible due to the CPS Rail commitment to make best use of the technology available to plan, communicate and report effectively. MakeSwift forms a critical part of this communication chain, with each onsite team completing daily ‘shift progress reports’ via the MakeSwift app on their mobile.

Shift progress reports enable each CPS Rail team lead to submit a time, date and GPS location stamped report at the end of every shift. Each report provides the CPS Rail management team with instant access to confirmation of attendance, planned work versus actual, the cause for any delays and any H&S observations and events.

This swiftness, accuracy and consistency of CPS Rail’s reporting from site, using MakeSwift, is delivering sizeable return on investment in terms of time and cost savings and also client perception of professionalism, safety and innovation.

Craig Jansen, Operations Director at CPS Rail

“Using MakeSwift has delivered us some fantastic outcomes. We have been able to make faster decisions based on access to information, which has saved us time on site and ultimately money.”

“Our ability to present our client with progress information and statistics from our work on site has been positively recognised by them. We have increased the perception of professionalism whilst streamlining the number of admin hours required to compile reports.”

Using MakeSwift has enabled CPS Rail to:

  • Increase the speed of response to the causes of delays, resulting in fewer lost hours.
  • Improve transparency and visibility to Atkins regarding progress and barriers to progress.
  • Reduce the admin burden for Inspection Test Plan reporting.
  • Improve compliance and consistency for registering Health and Safety issues and concerns and the recording of ‘close-calls’.
  • Deliver greater accuracy in responding to payment applications, reduce payment queries and achieve a faster turnaround in the payments cycle.
  • Reduce administration costs and further improve professionalism, compliance and effective delivery

Bank Station SOR completed

Date posted: 8 March 2018