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Hitachi Rail awarded contract to design digital signalling solution to improve reliability and safety for Gloucester area

18 October 2021 | Hitachi Rail

  • Hitachi Rail and Linbrooke enter into exclusive design stage with Network Rail to develop signalling solution for Gloucester area.
  • New and innovative Hitachi Rail digital signalling technology will improve reliability and safety for the benefit of both passengers and trackside engineers.
  • Contract award is important milestone towards a major multi-million pound project to overhaul signalling in the wider Gloucester area.
Hitachi Rail and Linbrooke have been awarded a contract by Network Rail to design digital signalling technology specifically for the Gloucester area. 

This digital signalling solution will be a significant upgrade, replacing the current switch panel that was installed in the 1960s. The introduction of digital Signalling Command Control (SCC) system gives the operator complete picture of the network and automated updates. This will enable Network Rail to respond more effectively to any issues or incidents, reducing passenger disruption and improving management of rail traffic. 

This technology also creates a safer environment for those working on the railway, as it allows fault checking to be carried out remotely as opposed to the current process reliant on physical trackside checks. 

Over the next 12 months, Hitachi, Network Rail and Linbrooke will work together to tailor its state-of-the-art Wayside Standard Platform (WSP HS+) system for the area. 

This digital signalling solution facilitates the management of a greater amount of trackside equipment and integrates safety, diagnostics and signalling functions in one single control station.

In order for this technology to be installed, only slight adaption will be required to achieve approval by Network Rail for the next stage of the programme. The Gloucester signalling design contract has been awarded as part of Hitachi Rail’s Wales and Western Region Major Signalling Renewals Framework, which covers 2,700 miles of track, the railway in these regions serves over 122 million passengers. 

Hitachi Rail’s digital signalling is already improving service reliability on rail journeys across the globe, including Italy, France, Japan, America and the Middle East. This  technology is ready to transform rail services in the UK.

Nick Hughes, Sales Director UK and Ireland at Hitachi Rail said: “I am confident that collaboration and our global signalling expertise can help unlock more frequent and reliable journeys for UK passengers. The progress we’re making with Network Rail is a significant milestone for Hitachi Rail’s signalling business  in the UK.”

Karen Williams, Sponsor (Traffic Management) at Network Rail, said: “We look forward to working with Hitachi Rail and Linbrooke on this innovative and cost-effective solution to life-extend the signalling assets within the Gloucestershire  area, which will provide a safer working environment for our trackside colleagues and improved services for our passengers.”

Martin Wright, Managing Director Linbrooke Rail said: “Linbrooke Services Ltd are looking forward to this exciting project to install new Hitachi Signalling infrastructure in the Western Region. We are pleased to be collaborating with Hitachi under the MASREF and believe this scheme will bring  much needed benefits to the operation of trains in the Gloucester area.”
Note to Editors

For more information, please contact:

Dolores Kelly, Marketing and Communications Manager, Hitachi Rail (UK)

  • In 2020, Hitachi Rail and Linbrooke Rail were awarded framework contract to improve signalling in Wales, the Thames Valley, West of England and the South West peninsula. 
  • Hitachi Rail and Linbrooke have entered into a joint venture for the Western and Wales framework contract.
  • Network Rail chose to proceed with Hitachi Rail’s signalling solution after it successfully completed Governance for Railway Investment Projects (GRIP) 3 stage. 

About Hitachi Rail
Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey solutions. With a presence in 38 countries across six continents and over 12,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are proud of our global achievements, from our world -famous ‘bullet trains’, to our signalling solutions and turnkey projects, state-of-the-art traffic management and digital solutions. Drawing on the wider Hitachi Group’s market-leading technology and research-and-development capabilities, we strive for industry leading innovations and solutions that can deliver value for customers and sustainable railway systems that benefit wider society.

About Network Rail
Network Rail operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. They run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over  2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.Usually, there are almost five million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Network Rail’s role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so that they can carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of  passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

About Linbrooke
Linbrooke have been delivering end-to-end design and build signalling, power and communications solutions across the UK Rail infrastructure since 2003. Linbrooke connects people, technologies and locations, enabling service providers,  OEM's and internet service providers to deploy, scale, support and maintain network infrastructure around the globe.

Linbrooke IRSE licenced engineers have knowledge and experience across a wide range of interlocking systems and level crossing equipment, offering in-house signalling review, independent verification, and design validation.

The company offers expertise across design & consultancy, network security, planning & logistics, commercial & financial management, project management, installation, construction, engineering, testing & commissioning, assurance & audit,  service and maintenance, training & development and safety & compliance.

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