ETCS in Net­work Rail’s trans-Pen­nine up­grade plan

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Net­work Rail in­tends to in­stall sig­nalling that is ready for Euro­pean Train Con­trol Sys­tem (ETCS) be­tween Staly­bridge and Cot­tin­g­ley as part of its trans-Pen­nine up­grade.

It re­vealed in a Euro­pean Union Jour­nal no­tice that it is to ask its trans-Pen­nine up­grade con­trac­tor (an al­liance of BAM Nut­tall, Amey and Ove Arup, known col­lec­tively as Tran­spire) to de­sign sig­nalling so that a fu­ture ETCS con­trac­tor can in­te­grate seam­lessly with the al­liance’s work.

NR said it would sep­a­rately find that ETCS con­trac­tor. It sug­gested that the al­liance might be re­spon­si­ble for in­stalling some of the equip­ment needed, such as marker boards and balises.

Work to plan, de­sign, in­te­grate and con­struct what NR needs could cost £15 mil­lion to £40m, ac­cord­ing to NR. It es­ti­mates over­all tran­sPen­nine up­grade costs as £2 bil­lion.

The jour­nal no­tice de­scribes the up­grade as con­sist­ing of elec­tri­fi­ca­tion be­tween Staly­bridge and York/Selby, and ca­pac­ity and jour­ney time im­prove­ments be­tween Manch­ester and York. NR awarded the al­liance con­tract in April 2017.

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