Network Rail Seeks a Traffic Management Partner

As part of its major digital railway transformation programme, Network Rail is seeking a traffic management partner who can work with them within its London North Eastern and East Midlands route as part of the first inter-city development as well as the deployment of modern in-cab signalling.

When it comes to improving the quality of service for passengers, traffic signalling plays a crucial role. This helps to avoid conflict and predict it while timetable re-planing can help to avoid or reduce delays when disruptions occur. The traffic management system will be the first adapted system on the network. It will be designed and developed in line with industry partners, paving the way for a new way of working for Network Rail.

The procurement process will complement the two previous ECML tenders that were launched last year, eventually leading to three external partners being put in place to help with the delivery of the transformation programme. Last summer, the company went through the process of seeking a technology provider before searching for a railway systems integration partner in November. This new way of working will see Network Rail form partnerships with providers as soon as possible where they can use their operating and infrastructure knowledge along with the technology expertise of suppliers to create solutions that are formed around collaboration from the very beginning of the process.

There are two parts to the procurement process where one or two partners will be provided between the York and Manchester Rail operating centres, where traffic management for the TransPennine route will be developed as part of the route upgrade programme.

The route programme director, Toufic Machnouk has said that the aim is to deliver a high performing railway & passengers is a priority. The implementation of traffic management systems will enhance the performance of the network through reducing delays and ensuring that the timetable is restored quickly during times of disruption.

The passengers will benefit significantly from traffic management which is something that this part of the network is in vital need of and so, through appointing an external partner will ensure that the changes are managed correctly.


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