NETWORK RAIL has signed a contract with Resonate for the provision of Integrated Traffic Management (TM) on the Great Western main line between London Paddington and Bristol.

The deal, valued at an estimated £27 million, covers an enhancement to the IECC Scalable system at the Thames Valley control centre. Under a staged contract, development is expected to take up to a year and will be followed by a 12-month ‘deployment trial’. This will allow NR to assess the level of performance and commercial benefits.

NR published a ‘voluntary ex-ante transparency notice’ in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 8 March announcing its intention to award the contract. At the time, the aim was to sign the contract by the beginning of April, but in the event negotiation of what is also believed to be a commercially innovative deal took three months. According to the OJEU Notice, the contract could be extended for up to a further five years.

Resonate’s IECC Scalable is the latest version of the British Rail Research Integrated Electronic Control Centre, the first of which was commissioned in 1989. Facilities to be provide by the TM upgrade include train graphing, service re-planning and automated platform docking. Roger Ford

More on the Great Western TM deal in ‘Informed Sources’ next month.