Hitachi's UK plant looks to the world market
Sliding seats could enable passenger trains to carry goods
A1 No 60163 Tornado does 100mph
Rail Alliance drives Midlands Engine
GB Railfreight to implement Ideagen safety software
UAV survey company Bridgeway Aerial takes off
Fire at Euston Station causes nationwide rail disruption
DB Cargo UK confirms job cuts and reform
Subsea cable fault detection demonstrated to rail industry
HS2 rolling stock procurement moves forward
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has opened a market study into the supply of rail signalling systems to ensure the signalling supply chain is fair and competitive.
Signalling accounted for more than £4 billion of Network Rail’s spend over the five-year period between 2014 and 2019. This spend is forecast to significantly increase, as digital technology is rolled out across the network.
This study builds on previous work into signalling, notably ORR’s engagement with the European Commission about the proposed merger of Siemens/Alstom.
The study will:
Recommendations or interventions arising from this study will ensure the supply chain is fair and competitive, capable of building up capacity for the rollout out of the digital railway, and deliver good outcomes for the ultimate benefit of passengers, taxpayers and other businesses which use the railway.
ORR closed a previous study in April 2020 to ensure efforts were focused on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tom Cole, Head of Competition at the Office of Rail and Road, said: “Signalling systems are an essential part of the railway. They keep passengers safe by ensuring trains do not come into conflict with each other and play a key role in freeing up capacity on the network.
“The ability for Network Rail to drive value for money when buying high-quality signalling systems is vital to its delivery of a reliable and efficient railway.
“We consider now is the right time to open this market study as industry personnel and evidence is now likely to be available.”
This article first appeared on www.railbusinessdaily.com
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2021 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.