LANARKSHIRE rail infrastructure engineering services provider QTS Group has completed the acquisition of Uddingston-based rail electrification experts, Rail Electrification Limited (REL).

The acquisition, which will see REL operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of QTS, brings the company into the Renew Holdings plc family of businesses, which QTS joined in 2018.

REL adds overhead line electrification capability to the QTS offering, which already includes vegetation management, drainage, civil engineering and fencing.

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QTS also currently supplies isolation teams for clients across the UK, which it said makes REL “the perfect fit for natural business progression”.

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The REL team, including the management trio of Scott Kernachan, Mark Potts and Kenny Barr, will join QTS at its Scottish HQ in Drumclog, South Lanarkshire.

Alan McLeish, of QTS Group, said: “The next natural step was electrification, which allows us to give a fully rounded service to our clients."

Mr Kernachan said: “Through this deal, we are opening up the future of REL to even greater possibilities."