European Rail Traffic Management System - Technical and Commercial Support
Locations: UK, Denmark, Netherlands
LeighFisher supports European railways in their technical and commercial assessment of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) – a Europe-wide standard for train control and command systems that contributes to reducing the whole-of-life cost of running a railway.
In the UK, we supported Network Rail in the development of its national ERTMS implementation plan for the UK network. We formulated a fully costed business case and used it to assess options for spreading responsibility for funding the system across the industry. Working as part of an integrated client and industry team, we provided expertise in business cases, rail asset management, operations planning, rolling stock, strategy, a rail technology appraisal, and advanced train control. This work led to the development of an ERTMS programme of rail operations and costings based on whole-of-life industry costs that reflected optimum dates for conversion of tracks and trains to ERTMS according to the requirements of each route. Our work culminated in the approval of a major business case submission to Network Rail, which was supported by the UK Department for Transport and industry statkeholders. We then ensured knowledge transfer by training and providing handover guidance to client team analysts. As a result of this initial work, Network Rail is well on the way to developing its ERTMS programme – the Cambrian route has been converted to ERTMS and several specific routes will be rolled out in the next 10 years.
In Denmark, we supported Banedanmark by evaluating a series of investment options and a range of implementation options to develop a 10-year national investment plan for the update of the Danish railway’s aging signalling infrastructure and equipment.
Our investment plan, which was (1) based on analysis of the relationships between asset life, performance, and cost, and (2) supported by physical evidence from site inspections, has subsequently been approved and is being implemented.
In the Netherlands, we worked with NS HiSpeed to develop a plan for accelerating the introduction of services on the HSL-Zuid (the high-speed line from Amsterdam to Belgium). High-risk items on the critical path included the ERTMS, delivery of the rolling stock, multiple stakeholder environment, and susceptibility of the programme to external events. We designed a service implementation plan with risk mitigations for the infrastructure and rolling stock, a transparent overview of options for the decision-makers, and an improved organisation model to align all stakeholders to the project delivery. The plan is in place and we continue to work with the stakeholders to ensure its successful implementation.
- Network Rail is well on the way to successful implementation of ERTMS
- Banedanmark has a clear idea of where they are going with their signalling and what it will cost
- The NS HiSpeed stakeholders are now working together to a defined plan and the start of service has been accelerated