From: Network Rail's ETCS Strategy, 11 December 2012, IET London: Savoy Place, UK
12 December 2012 Transport channel
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Andrew Simmons, Director, Future Train and Operational Control Systems, at Network Rail speaks on the GB rail industryâ€™s European Train Control System (ETCS) Strategy. ETCS has been specified within European Technical Standards for Interoperability and Network Rail have been leading the development of a cross industry strategy to implement this system across the GB rail network. This Strategy builds upon the lessons learnt from the Cambrian Early Deployment Scheme which has already been implemented with ETCS.
Andrew outlines the development of the industry business case, the legal framework and how the key lessons learnt from the Cambrian experience are being incorporated into the GB rail industryâ€™s ETCS Strategy. The strategy includes the use of an Integration Facility at Hertford, the purpose of which will be discussed. Finally, details will be provided of the roll out plan for future deployment of ETCS in the UK.
Andrew started his career as a graduate trainee with London Underground and worked for a period of time in the signalling drawing office and computer development section. He left London Underground in 1986 to join the Mass Transit Railway Corporation in Hong Kong, being responsible for the Eastern Harbour Crossing signalling system. In 1990 Andrew returned London Underground to become the Signalling Project Engineer for the Central Line modernisation including the introduction of ATP and ATO systems. In 1999, Andrew joined Railtrack as the Professional Head of Signal Engineering and carried out this role until November 2007, when he took up a new position of Director, Future Train and Operational Control Systems within Network Rail.