About Seaton Rail

Seaton Rail is located in the seaside resort of Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire. We provide a complete track safety management service including Possession Planning, Work Package Planning, Safe System of Work Planning and have full UK nationwide coverage of contingent Labour and On Track Protection & Warning Services with home stations in Bridlington, Cardiff, Derby, Doncaster, Glasgow, Sheffield, and London.

The company was formed in January 1995 to provide Possession Planning and Work Package Planning to specialised organisations requiring track access to Network Rail's controlled Infrastructure. A Safe System of Work planning service was introduced in 2002 following the mandatory requirements of the Network Rail standard 'Safety of People Working Working On or Near the Line' (019 Standard).

In 2008 we expanded our services to include the supply of Contingent Labour and On Track Protection & Warning Services and were also accredited by the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) as a Network Rail approved Track Safety Training and Assessment Provider delivering Track Safety Training and Workplace Assessments to both internal and external track safety personal.

Compliance training including First Aid at Work, Manual Handling, Fire Awareness, Health & Safety in the Workplace (up to Level 3) Risk and COSHH Assessment training, all courses are accredited by the regulators of England and Wales (Ofqual and the Welsh Government) and our part of the regulated qualifications framework (RQF). The qualifications are supported by Skills for Health: the Sector Skills Council for Health. 

Continuing to grow and expand our services in 2015 we launched of our Alcohol and Drugs screening service, offering screenings from our offices or Clients premises and on-site too, Railway Medical Screenings were added to our portfolio of services early in 2019

Our one stop shop approach to track safety management is what the rail industry has been missing for a long time, the rail industry requires qualified and experienced staff to assess and resource the needs of individual clients on a project to project basis.

We offer dedicated industry specialists to resource and supply experienced personnel that match clients’ bespoke requirements to ensure the client and their project receive the attention and ongoing support that optimise ‘best practice’ working.

Safety is paramount to us, and as members of the British Safety Council we are committed to working towards Health, Safety and Environmental Best Practice's.

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The Seaton Rail Team

Shane Seaton
Managing Director & Railway Safety and Compliance Manager

Shane began his railway career in the old days of British Rail working in the Signal and Telecommunications department (S & T) working his way through the grades to Senior Engineering Technician, transferring to Jarvis with privatisation before taking voluntary redundancy in 1995 to form Seaton Rail.

As Managing Director, Shane is responsible for the overhaul day to day running of the Company and also holds the post of Railway Safety and Compliance Manager responsible for maintaining the Company's Health and Safety, Environmental and Quality Management Systems.

As Compliance Manager Shane delivers Inductions on all new staff, distributes regular safety bulletins and chairs internal safety meetings. Compliance with Network Rail Standards and the rule book is an essential to our business and it's development. Our bespoke Compliance Database ensures all staff competencies are in date and records all training and assessment events as well as working hours and travel times.

Actively involved in the Training and Development as lead trainer and verifier, Shane can often be found in the classroom or trackside undertaking workplace assessments.


Matthew Seaton
Director of Operations & Professional Head of Railway Planning

Matthew (Matt) a third generation rail man started taking an interest in the railways at young age assisting his father in the development of the Company's Management Systems especially the planning database where possession plans and SSoW packs are produced.

Working his way through the various safety critical posts including Possession Manager/ SSoW Planner before joining the Company in 2008 as Director of Operations (Ops Manager).

Matt has overhaul responsibility for Railway Interface Planning including planning possessions and safe systems of work, assigning/ rostering staff, attending planning meetings and ensuring Clients projects are delivered on time and within budget.

Understanding our Client's safety critical requirements is essential to our business, Matt often undertakes Site Visits, Safety Critical Duties and delivers Track Safety Training & Workplace Assessments.


David Seaton
Director of Training and Development, Trainer and Assessor

David joined the team in 2013 and responsible for the development and efficient running of our training division 'Seaton Training'

A qualified trainer and assessor, David also delivers First Aid, Health, Safety & Compliance, Customer Service, Conflict Management, Food Safety and Trainer/ Assessor training.

David is also licenced by Network Rail to deliver the full suite of Track Safety training and workplace assessments from Personal Track Safety to Engineering Supervisor including Safe System of Work Planner.


Maggie Seaton
Finance Director and Accounts Manager

Maggie joined Seaton Rail as the Accounts Manager in 1995 and became the Finance Director in 2008.

Responsible for overseeing the smooth and efficient operation of our Client accounts, suppliers accounts and the Company payroll.

As a key member of Seaton Rail's management team, Maggie is also responsible for financial management, reporting and development of the Company.