Porterbrook will work with train manufacturers will look at taking a more active role in fitting onboard ETCS systems to the rolling stock they manufactured initially, ensuring the most cost-effective of installing this technology to existing fleets of Electrostar trains.
The first fleet that benefited from this approach was the Heathrow Express Class 387 trains to be operated by GWR. Bombardier built this fleet.
All companies recognise that Bombardier is best placed to provide and fit further onboard ETCS technology to this class of trains, and to take a leading role in developing built-in ETCS technology.
This will enable the planned retrofitting of digital signalling equipment to the wider Electrostar fleet.
Siemens Mobility will also take an active role in fitting onboard ETCS equipment on the fleets which they manufactured initially.
This will ensure effective systems integration, minimum re-engineering downtime and maximum fleet reliability in the long term.
What did the officials say?
Stephen McGurk, Porterbrook’s Chief Commercial Officer, said:
“This is an excellent example of collaboration and partnership across the supply chain, where OEMs are putting the good of the industry and passengers ahead of short-term commercial gain. This will help speed-up fleet fitment and reduce contractual interfaces around integration.”
Get image downloads, Prints and Streaming Video
For the Latest Railway News
RailAdvent Online Shop
Framed Prints, DVD’s/Blu-Ray’s and more
Come and share your railway pictures
Mainline Steam Info
Upcoming mainline steam tours/loco movements
Visit their website