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Atkins wins role on Norwegian rail scheme

Atkins has won a role on the £1.5bn overhaul of Norway’s rail signalling system.

The engineering and design firm will provide technical consultancy to the project to implement the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) across the Scandinavian country’s railway network.

The duration of the initial framework agreement is two years, with options to extend it beyond this.

The mammoth project will see 4,000km of track kitted out with the new system, and up to 600 vehicles adapted.

Atkins Norway transportation director Olav Aarrestad said: “This is a major project for Atkins, where we are in the position of supporting one of our most important customers in Norway with their biggest and most complex signalling project ever.

“The driving force for introducing ERTMS in Norway is the need to renew the existing signalling systems. Most of these systems, which are mainly relay-based, will reach the end of their design life during the project’s timescale, so this renewal work is vital for ensuring continual reliability for passengers now and in the future.”

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