East Coast Digital Programme (Commission is titled ‘Rail Systems Integration Partner’)

Faithful+Gould is helping to deliver Network Rail's major digital railway transformation programme across the East Coast Main Line (ECML), East Midlands and Transpennine routes to improve passenger experience.

The six-year Railway Systems Integration Partner (RISP) contract will see Faithful+Gould and Atkins collaboratively support cross-industry delivery of The East Coast Digital Programme, which includes introducing in-cab European Train Control System digital signalling and Traffic Management across the ECML route.

The £1.8bn programme is part Network Rail’s commitment to deploying digital signalling and train controls when and where they represent good value for money to improve the network’s performance for passengers and freight customer.

The RSIP role will coordinate industry relationships across all stakeholders including passengers, train operators, freight operators, the signalling technology integrator Siemens and government, to collaboratively transform the delivery of future digital signalling in the UK.

The RSIP team will provide programme management, business case development, business change, benefits realisation, industry integration, operational readiness and engineering management services. The approach brings experience, lessons learned and proven delivery approaches from supporting European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) delivery programmes in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium and the UK. Faithful+Gould's role is focussed on the delivery of the integrated delivery office, including:

  • Programme Management Office
  • Programme Controls
  • Change Control
  • Reporting
  • Risk Management
  • Planning & Scheduling
  • Programme Assurnace
  • Information Management & Common Data Environment (CDE)

Mike Odling, Head of Industry Programme Management Office for RSIP said: “The programme is genuinely game changing and at the leading edge of rail industry integration and benefits realisation.

Our team is bringing together unique skills and experience, establishing the gold standard for future ERTMS delivery programmes and enabling industry collaboration to deliver the East Coast Digital Programme.”

Photo credit: Network Rail

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