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WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff wins big on Network Rail’s Digital Railway

09 June – WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed by Network Rail to provide design and engineering services on the Digital Railway’s Multi-Functional Design Framework (MFD). The digital railway is a government supported, industry-wide programme aimed at increasing the role of digital technologies to improve capacity, connectivity and reliability.


Through the framework WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff will provide a range of strategic engineering and project management services to support the delivery of the European Rail Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS) on the UK’s railways. ERTMS is the digital equivalent of the traditional signalling system, which removes fixed-blocks and in turn the need for trains to stop and start at red lights. This improves capacity and provides greater reliability and enables other digital applications including automatic train operation, advanced passenger information, real time train planning and electronic ticketing.

The rail team has also been appointed on two further contracts within the digital railway programme: development of the safety and security case, which includes system safety management and cyber security; and provision of independent assurance services which includes expert advice, assurance and auditing.

Steve Denniss, rail technical director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff said: “This series of wins in this strategically important field illustrates our commitment to the implementation of the digital railway and demonstrates our extensive capability to deliver advanced technology to the rail network. This is a testament to the quality of our engineering expertise delivered by our team on major technical programmes such as the Northern Hub.”

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has successfully worked on high profile rail projects, from environmental and feasibility studies to engineering, construction management and commissioning, around the world; including Taiwan High Speed Rail, High Speed 2 – Phase 1 and Phase 2, the Northern Hub Program, and is currently working on California High Speed Rail and London Underground’s New Tube for London

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WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff have combined and are now one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We bring together our 34,500 staff, based in more than 500 offices, across 40 countries to provide engineering and multidisciplinary services in a vast array of industry sectors, with a focus on technical excellence and client service.

In the UK, 5,150 people provide consultancy services to all aspects of the built and natural environment working across both the public and private sectors, with local and national governments, local authorities, developers, contractors and co-professionals. The combined business has been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, the re-development of London Bridge Station, Manchester Metrolink and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.




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