Network Rail launches £4bn signal upgrade

Network Rail Signalling Upgrade (Image: Network Rail)
Network Rail Signalling Upgrade (Image: Network Rail)

Network Rail has embarked on a £4bn upgrade to Britain’s train control systems to upgrade and revolutionize the rail network signalling systems.

Work reaching from Carlisle to Brighton will be carried out to implement modern systems creating greater reliability across the UK’s rail network.

Six companies have so far been allocated contracts for the work which will be carried out between 2024 and 2034.

The contracts have been awarded over two lots:  

Lot 1: Conventional signalling

  • Alstom
  • AtkinsRealis
  • Hitachi
  • Siemens

Lot 2 – Digital signalling (using European Train Control System technology)

  • Alstom
  • AtkinsRealis and CAF
  • Siemens
  • Thales and VolkerRail

Clive Berrington, Network Rail’s Group Commercial & Procurement director said: “Our new train control systems framework brings a positive change in approach to how we work with suppliers for the provision of signalling services. We will all be working much more collaboratively with each other and our relationships will feel like partnerships.

“Through the framework, we have grown the size of the UK signalling market with the introduction of two new suppliers. These bring increased diversity and capability, leading to better market performance. We’ve also brought improved visibility of our workbank for our partners which will enable them to invest in skills and innovation which will benefit the rail industry.

“We have set ourselves up well to deliver improved performance for passengers and freight customers, and improved value for taxpayers.”

Some of the first projects that are being targeted by the Train Control Systems framework include the Midlands Rail Hub, Digital signalling for the TransPennine Route Upgrade and Digital signalling for the TriLink Programme.

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