Motion Rail

Origins

After joining the rail industry and training as a telecommunications engineer at just 18 years old, Motion’s founder Emma Dymond was made redundant and ended up working in a coffee shop. As a single young mum, she quickly realised her coffee shop wages were not enough to provide for her family so with nothing to lose and knowing where her talents lay, Emma decided to go back to engineering. Her generous grandfather provided the money to register a company - wrapped in a note saying 'I believe in you' and in 2009, Emma set up Motion and went back to her passion, building a reputation as a trusted and competent engineer and going on to work on several high-profile projects including Thameslink and Crossrail. Motion had to be different to be noticed and compete with bigger and more established competition and had to explore innovative ways to develop the workforce while keeping costs low to remain competitive and deliver value for money.

Success Factor

Now a mum of four, Emma saw the power of gaming technology and decided, in collaboration with the University of South Wales, to create the first virtual railway to carry out workforce training using gamification. Working with Network Rail and British Transport Police, this training aid has educated hundreds of thousands of children nationally about the dangers of the railway using gamification and also encouraging STEM careers. Motion won new projects with Transport for Wales on the Great Western Electrification and the South Wales Metro which has enabled growth, providing workforce security and investment in local trainees, premises, fleet, training and education. In parallel, Motion gained work on several high-profile projects in London and Liverpool which provided a national presence and helped secure new clients, supporting further growth. Pre Covid-19, Motion had secured several national design frameworks and developed a comprehensive business strategy with significant growth plans for both the organisation and workforce. The strategy included building new bespoke and eco-friendly owned offices in Wales to accommodate and train more local talent and securing a principle contractor licence (PCL) needed to work with Network Rail directly.

The Future

The plan now is to spend the next 12 months recovering from the impact of Covid-19 and Motion is gearing up to deliver national design frameworks, has been working towards obtaining the PCL by Christmas 2020, and will continue to develop relationships with Transport for Wales to support the delivery of the Metro.