Network Rail has appointed Arcadis as the programme partner for systems to work with its digital railway team.
The contract includes technical leadership, engineering management, project management and data and asset management. Arcadis will be supported by Ramboll on the contract, which was delivery partner for Banedanmark on the Danish re-signalling programme. The contact is for one year with the option to extend for another. Arcadis will also be partnering with ProRail in the Netherlands where European Train Control Systems (ETCS) technology is widely used.
Network Rail’s drive towards digitisation involves work on the network such as removing fixed lineside signals and replacing them with in-cab signalling.
The development of a toolkit for digital railway is part of the deal. The toolkit will cover areas such as requirements, specifications, processes, and competency and training that is needed by Network Rail as it rolls out digitisation. Training also includes the creation of a Digital Railway Academy, which will involve the supply chain. The work will feed into the outline business case for control period 6 (CP6).
Arcadis UK rail sector director Chris Pike said: “The Digital Railway is a natural evolution for the rail industry but it will have a revolutionary impact on the network by increasing capacity; improving punctuality, safety and resilience; and significantly enhancing the passenger experience. Recognising the tangible benefit that rail digitisation has already had across Europe, this programme will keep Britain at the leading edge of the rail industry and will contribute substantially to increasing growth and productivity right across the country.”