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Thales, Costain and Systra (TCS): Inviting SMEs to partner for high speed signalling and control systems

29 November 2021 | Thales, Costain and Systra

Thales, Costain and Systra (TCS) are very pleased to have been shortlisted as a potential supplier to deliver the signalling and control systems for HS2. The partnership brings together global expertise in developing and delivering technology solutions for the rail sector, as well an extensive heritage of complex programme delivery, both in the UK and internationally.

TCS currently have a live tender for a first of type Command, Control, Signalling and Traffic Management opportunity. TCS are looking to engage with SMEs to seek further innovative ideas, solutions and involvement in tender response and delivery strategy.
Collaborating to revolutionise signalling

Who are TCS seeking engagement with?

Companies or traders whom meet the UK Government definition of SME and whose technologies have a Technology Readiness Level of TR7 or above.


  • Opening of application process – 23/11/21
  • Closure of application process – 7/12/21
  • Communication of selected companies for presentations - December
  • Pitching via video calls (45-minute sessions) – January

The opportunity

Between the 23rd of November and 7th of December, TCS are inviting SMEs with innovative solutions and concepts for the rail industry to pitch to a panel of Thales, Costain and Systra experts. This opportunity provides the chance to get expert feedback on your offering and the potential to work with three leading companies in the rail industry to transform journeys for Britain’s passengers.

If you think that your business could add value, then this is a chance to get involved.

View more information on the opportunity here.

Note to Editors

For more information, please contact:

Tom Baker - External Communications Manager

About Thales

The Thales UK team consists of more than 6,500, including 4,500 highly skilled engineers, based across nine key UK sites. They offer unrivalled experience across major industries including aerospace, defence, digital security, transport and space sectors. Dedicated to research and technology, each year Thales invest over £575 million into the UK supply chain, working with over 2,000 companies, and are committed to continuously developing talent to benefit the transport and other sectors.  In London, Thales are delivering the Four Lines Modernisation programme, the world’s largest urban signalling project. Elsewhere in the UK, the Thales team has worked with Transport for Greater Manchester to deliver Manchester Metrolink, one of the largest tramways in Europe.

For more information about Thales’ latest work in transport, please see:

About Costain
Costain enable our people to be at their best everyday by offering leading edge-low carbon solutions that are optimised across of the whole life cycle of their assets. 

Costain is at the forefront of developments in new transport technology across highways, rail and aviation; improving people’s lives by making their journeys faster, greener, better and healthier for them and our planet. As well as their role in delivering complex projects to increase transport network capacity, improve journey times and make them safer, they are a specialist advisor and integrator of smart transport digital technology, asset optimisation and decarbonisation solutions to regional and local transport operators.

For more information about Costain’s latest work, please see:

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