Network Rail has chosen Atkins to design, deliver, operate and maintain an advanced signalling equipment test facility.
Currently being installed at Atkins’ Signalling Integration Centre in Egham, Surrey, the National ETCS Test Verification Validation and Integration Laboratory will contribute to the deployment of the European Train Control System (ETCS) and European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) across the UK rail network.
The arrangement is part of a ten-year agreement in partnership with Multitel, an ETCS test equipment specialist. Atkins will deliver and operate what is the UK’s only facility which can test ETCS equipment, cyber security, and the independent integration of multiple suppliers’ equipment in order to demonstrate compliance with UK standards and approvals.
It is planned to be operational by February 2022.
Digital rail director at Atkins, Mark Fielding-Smith, said: “This new facility represents a significant milestone in the transformation of the UK’s railway network which puts the passenger first through the introduction of cutting-edge technology that increases punctuality, capacity and safety.
“We are now working closely alongside Network Rail, the East Coast Digital Programme team, future ETCS deployment projects and the wider supply chain to help realise the benefits of next generation signalling technology.”