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28.07.16

Atkins awarded contract to support Hitachi in Thameslink TMS delivery

Atkins is to review Hitachi’s Tranista traffic management system (TMS) before it is implemented for Network Rail’s Thameslink programme.

Atkins announced today that it has been awarded the contract to support Hitachi Information Control Systems (HICSE) and Hitachi Rail Europe with the delivery of the Tranista TMS for Thameslink.

It will conduct a series of assessments designed to check that the TMS meets Network Rail’s standards for compatibility with the UK rail network.

Conor Linnell, practice director of transportation at Atkins, said: “It is very exciting for Atkins to be able to bring its extensive experience in the delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects to bear on a ground-breaking programme such as TMS for Thameslink, which marks the beginning of the digital age of the UK railway.”

A team of Atkins experts in communications, ergonomics and electrification and plant will conduct surveys of locations from the rail operating centre at Three Bridges to the one at York, and identify the best way of installing the technology required to operate the TMS system.

Atkins will also support HICSE with the design and configuration of Thameslink’s computer nerve centre at Three Bridges. 

Tim Gray, managing director of HICSE, said: “Traffic Management has the potential to increase capacity as well as bring a new age for rail planning across the UK network.

“This new deal with Atkins will enhance Hitachi’s relationship with Network Rail and other sector partners to ensure Traffic Management delivers more reliable services for fare paying customers.”

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