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Signalling Solutions wins about 8 million contract to deliver pilot traffic management system to Network Rail

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Signalling Solutions Ltd (SSL), the Alstom Transport and Balfour Beatty Rail joint venture company, has been awarded a contract worth 8 million from Network Rail to deliver a prototype for the introduction of a new National Rail Traffic Management System. The delivery is scheduled for 2013.

SSLs offer is based on Iconis TM, Alstoms advanced automatic control centre technology, for the fourteen new Regional Operating Centres that will be created by Network Rail. Alstom Iconis is the technology used by Italian infrastructure operator RFI at the Bologna Control Centre. Since 2007 it has been successfully managing one of the most complex European mainline junctions in Europe, helping RFI to improve traffic management and increase punctuality. Together with the Integrale TM platform from Atos for national planning management, these technologies form an integrated monitoring and control system for all operational and functional elements of the rail network. Parsons Brinckerhoff will provide programme management, system integration and specialist UK signalling experience.

SSL will develop the system at its headquarters in Radlett, Herfordshire.  On successful delivery of the fully working prototype phase, in 2013, focus will move to the national roll-out of the system. Control of the rail network and concentration of rail operations will gradually migrate to the new Regional Operating Centres, bringing significant efficiencies to the management of traffic across the British rail network. The roll-out is due to be completed over the next 15 years.
Commenting on the contract award, Steve McLaren the Managing Director of SSL said: We are excited to be involved in a programme which will revolutionise the way the British rail network is operated. Working in close collaboration with Network Rail, our supply chain partners and calling on our parent companies experience of implementing similar solutions around the world we will provide a technology solution with the necessary functionality and flexibility to maximise the efficiency of the network.

About Signalling Solutions Ltd

Signalling Solutions Ltd (SSL) is a 50-50 joint venture company formed by Alstom Transport and Balfour Beatty Rail. Launched in October 2007, SSL is the UK and Irelands sole channel for signalling products and systems previously supplied by the parent companies, including Alstoms Smartlock  interlocking, Atlas train controls for ERTMS projects and Urbalis train control systems  for mass transit projects as well as Iconis traffic management technology.

In January 2012 SSL was chosen as a preferred bidder in Network Rails major signalling framework agreement. SSL is responsible for providing signalling renewals and enhancements as primary supplier in three of eight geographical regions; Central East, Great Western Inner and Great Western Outer and is the secondary supplier in four geographical regions; Scotland, Central West, Wales and Western and Kent and Anglia.In March 2012 SLL received a framework agreement from Network Rail to design and develop a European Train Control System (ETCS level 2) using Alstoms proven Atlas technology.

About Parsons Brinckerhoff

Parsons Brinckerhoff is a global strategic consulting, engineering and programme/construction management organisation, and is the professional services division of Balfour Beatty plc.Parsons Brinckerhoff is a leader in developing and operating infrastructure around the world, with over 14,000 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia-Pacific regions.  Parsons Brinckerhoff offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, programme/construction management, and operations for all types of infrastructure, including transportation, power, urban planning and design, water and the environment.

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Jonathan Smith (UK)
Tel. + 44 (0)20 7438 9355

Linda Huguet (France)
Tel. + 33 1 57 06 10 42

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