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TRS provides operated and non-operated road-rail plant, sub-contracting services and labour provision to rail sites across the UK.

Working with leading contractors including Balfour Beatty, AMCOGiffen, Lundy Projects, Siemens and Alun Griffiths, we’ve supported some of the most prestigious Network Rail and London Underground projects. We have the technical capabilities and fleet to service a wide range of projects, such as Overhead Line Equipment (OLE), Permanent Way and Civils work.

From supplying road-rail plant and POS services for a single shift rail maintenance job, to providing end-to-end project management for complex long-term upgrades – we have the equipment, manpower and expertise to ensure your project is a success.

Our business is built on three operational enablers which help us stay flexible, cost efficient and safe in everything we do.

The right rail plant

We own over 80 road rail vehicles and a broad range of attachments – all of which are Any Lines Open (ALO) and RIS-1530-PLT compliant. Each year we continue to invest in our rail plant and attachments, listening to the needs of our customers and finding innovative ways to meet them. As a result, 80% of our fleet is less than three years old.

The best people

Our 200 strong workforce includes, POS Supervisors, Crane Controllers, Machine Controllers, Plant Operatives and contingent labour, and is led by an experienced management team. We believe in training and up-skilling our workforce to ensure they have the competencies and know-how for every job they undertake. It’s no coincidence that we have one of the highest retention rates in the industry.

The safest processes

From investing in the design of new equipment, to operating it on track – health and safety is our top priority. As a part of our behavioural safety strategy ‘Destination Total Safety’, we constantly look out for the health, safety and welfare of our people, and our customers.


Formed in 2007, Total Rail Solutions started life as a consultancy business. By mid-2008 we set about becoming a leading road-rail plant hire company, focused on the operated rail plant market.  This required three key operational enablers – the best people, the right on-track plant and the safest processes.

We quickly built a highly experienced management team, attracting leaders with strong and successful track records.  Upon the award of our Plant Operations Scheme (POS) approval we invested heavily in our fleet of on track plant and attachments.  We also set out to develop a culture based on ensuring safety and quality in every process we undertake.


Paul Bateman


Paul rejoined TRS in December 2016 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 2018 (following the management buy-out).

Having spent 20 years in the rail & construction market, Paul has performed commercial roles for several national Principal Contractors and more recently Network Rail, primarily working on the Great Western Route modernisation.

Paul is responsible for leading an experienced and passionate team to successfully deliver on strategic objectives

Andrew Hetzel


A finance professional of some 25 years, Andrew brings a wealth of experience gained from the manufacturing, automotive, logistics and construction sectors.

Andrew who joined TRS in April 2021 said, “I recognised when discussing this career opportunity, that TRS had a core philosophy that placed customers at heart of everything it does. Our customers journey and experience defines who we are as a business. I look forward to building on the platform my predecessor developed.  Ensuring the finance function is visible and accessible to the teams in the business is a critical and early strategic move. I believe this will become a key contributor to advancing the ambition of the business and executing the strategy that delivers value to customers, the business and our stakeholders”.

Stephen Bodman

Rail Director

Steve joined TRS in January 2019 and has over 30 years’ experience in the rail, road and construction industry.This includes various senior operational roles at TXM Plant.

Steve oversees and manages operational aspects including planning, cost control, business development and customer strategy.

Martin Seville

Head of Assurance

Martin joined TRS directly from the Army, in October 2014, and started his career with TRS as the Depot/Facilities Manager, rising to Head of Assurance in 2023.

Martin is now responsible to the CEO for TRS’s Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental issues.

Additionally, he is responsible for the maintenance of TRS’s certification such as ISO9001, 14001, 45001 and RISQS Certification.

Marc Holt

Head of Operations

Marc joined TRS in August 2010 as an RRV Operator and was appointed Rail Operations manager in April 2011.

Having spent 25 years in the Rail & Civils industry including 13 years as an Operator, Marc now oversees the smooth running of the Operations department ensuring our high standards are maintained throughout the planning process.

Steve Leadbeater

Head of Transport

Steve started his working career joining the military and completing 7 years’ service in the Royal Engineers, based in various locations in the UK and Germany.

Steve joined TRS in March 2013 as the first member of the transport team, starting with 1 HGV vehicle, the company has now grown to over 15 HGV vehicles and 30 members of staff within the department.

Having spent over 25 years in the Rail/Transport sector Steve has extensive knowledge of the industry, working at management level for 20 years for various transport companies.

Gareth Phillips

Head of Engineering

After serving in the armed forces for 17 years, Gareth left the military in 2001 and became the fourth generation of his family to work in the rail industry.

The experience of converting and manufacturing rail machines and working on a busy hire desk stood Gareth in good stead, as his career progressed through management and directorships within the rail plant sector.

Gareth, who joined TRS in March 2021 said, “When I met Paul, I was excited by the vision he has for the business and the direction he wants to take the team. I was hooked and absolutely delighted to come on board. I have a clear goal of making the engineering function more efficient and effective. I am already hard at work planning, recruiting and executing, so that TRS customers consistently receive the safest, compliant, reliable equipment and staff on every project”.

In the Right Place and on the right track

With our main, head office located in Thatcham, we’ve got our three regional offices located in South Wales, the North East and North West, allowing us to provide a high level of services across the UK. 

Head Office

Total Rail Solutions
4 Communications Road
Greenham Business Park
Thatcham, RG19 6AB
Telephone: 01962 711642

South Wales

Regional Office
Avondale Industrial Estate,
Avondale Way,
Cwmbran, NP44 1TS
Telephone: 01633 866008

North East

Regional Office
Magical House
Roall Lane
Goole, DN14 0NY
Telephone: 01302 957180

North WEST

Regional Office
Suite 18 St James Business Centre,
Wilderspool Causeway,

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4 Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Thatcham, RG19 6AB

01962 711642