As part of its major digital railway transformation programme, Network Rail has launched the third procurement for the East Coast Main Line (ECML).
For the third procurement programme, Network Rail is seeking traffic management partner who will work within the London North Eastern and East Midlands (LNE & EM) route on the inter-city development, as well as the deployment of modern, in-cab signalling.
Traffic management is a particularly important function, and during Control Period 6 (CP6), even more money will be spent on these systems to improve the network.
Introducing a high quality traffic management system will improve performance, predicting conflict and ensuring plans can be put in place on the rail timetable to reduce any delays that could occur in the event of disruption.
It will be the first tailored system on the network, that is designed and developed in conjunction with industry partners that reflects a new way of working with Network Rail.
The third procurement complements the two previous tenders launched last year; the end result is three external partners appointed to assist the transformation programme of the ECML.
The first procurement sought a technology provider to work on developing joint solutions, while the end of last year saw the search start for a railway systems integration partner.
This new way of working sees Network Rail team with providers to combine operating and infrastructure knowledge with the technology expertise of partners, with solutions designed based on collaboration from the very start of the process.
Network Rail’s third procurement process includes provision for two lots to provide one or two partners between York and Manchester rail operating centres (ROCs), developing traffic management for the TransPennine route upgrade programme as well as ECML.
Route Programme Director for Network Rail is Toufic Machnouk, who said: “Delivering a high performing railway for passengers is our first priority and we know that deploying traffic management systems will improve network performance by reducing delays and restoring the timetable quickly when disruption takes place.”
A partner is likely to be appointed in the summer.