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WSP to improve southern connectivity with Great Western project appointment

The south of England and Wales is set to gain increased route capacity, performance and greater connectivity as the next phase of work begins by WSP on the main Great Western lines in the region.


This next phase of the Greater West infrastructure and rolling stock programme will focus on delivering upgrades to the Great Western main line high-speed routes from Paddington to Newbury, Oxford, Bristol, south Wales and the Cotswolds.

Work for the £2.3m contract is due to be completed by March 31, 2019; it continues the specialist work WSP has previously carried-out on the programme for the past three-years.

The project will see the biggest step change in capability on the Western route, culminating in a new timetable aimed to improve journey times on high speed routes and increase capacity on regional services.

Plans for this latest upgrade will enable the introduction of electric commuter services between London Paddington and Reading as well as Didcot and Newbury. Whilst services in Bristol and the west country can expect to see improvements to the infrastructure that will allow bigger and longer trains.

Global consultancy WSP, will provide programme integration support to the Greater West Programme and Heathrow Rail Access by achieving greater clarity in communication and an improved understanding of programme objectives for stakeholders.

Throughout the upgrades WSP will be helping to meet programme objectives and supporting decision making through applying systems engineering and programme management tools to areas including change, risk management and schedule management.

Adam Andrews, director for the project said: “The reappointment is testament to the hard work carried-out by the WSP Rail System Engineering and Integration team for the last three years and it is a sincere commendation from the industry for our contribution.

“During the initial contract we successfully supported industry partners to introduce new electrified rolling stock on the Great Western Route. The challenge in the new contract will be to support the entry into service of the new Intercity Express Trains (IET) and one of the biggest timetable changes to the Western Route. In this unique role we will continue to implement our ‘whole system’ approach to bring greater collaboration to the rail industry partners to address the complex technical and programme challenges.”

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