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27.03.12

Signalling framework agreed

Four suppliers have been announced for signalling framework agreements with Network Rail. They will develop and design a new, European standard signalling system from April, covering a one-year development phase.

The successful suppliers are Signalling Solutions Ltd, Invensys Rail, Infrasig and Ansaldo STS.

The European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 signalling system will be demonstrated on Network Rail’s new testing facility on the Hertford loop. ETCS is part of the ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) which aims to improve performance and enhance safety on the railway.

ERTMS will first be installed on the Great Western main line in 2016 as part of a large-scale resignalling scheme.

Andrew Simmons, Network Rail director, future trains and operation control systems, said: “As the number of passengers and companies that rely on Britain’s railway continues to rise, the safety-critical systems we use to run a safe and efficient railway are more important than ever.

“ETCS is now a crucial part of our plans for resignalling the railway – our focus now is on building confidence and experience in the technology so that future schemes can be delivered seamlessly. These new frameworks are the building blocks to developing this capability and will allow us to work closely with our chosen suppliers to develop long-term plans for work to be carried out more quickly and efficiently.”

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