NETWORK RAIL has launched the procurement exercise to appoint a Traffic Management (TM) partner to work with its London North Eastern and East Midlands (LNE&EM) Route.

NR says the traffic management system will be the first tailored system on the network designed and developed in conjunction with industry partners, reflecting a new way of working for Network Rail. The procurement sits alongside those already launched for a train control partner (TCP) and a railway systems integration partner (RSIP).

NR says the TCP is likely to be appointed in the summer, with the RSIP following in the autumn.

The TM procurement comprises two lots, with a single supplier framework to be appointed for each lot. Lot 1, valued at £108 million, covers the area within the newly created Eastern Region, while Lot 2, valued at £72 million, covers NR’s London North Western North Route. The two lots will meet at the centre of the trans-Pennine route, and the TM systems will need to integrate with each other and with other systems as required.

The implementation of the two lots covers both the York and Manchester Rail Operating Centres (ROCs). Both lots will be awarded for an initial four-year term that may be extended in annual increments up to a maximum of eight years.