Feltham Phase 1 Commissioned

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Atkins Ltd are the primary contractor for a major Network Rail upgrade project on the Feltham & Wokingham signalling system. Both areas were last re-signalled in 1974 and the infrastructure is now suffering from severe degradation, obsolescence and unreliability.

The Feltham and Wokingham Resignalling Programme (FWRP) comprises of the total restoration of the signalling systems with the work is being executed in six stages between 2021 and 2024.

Phase one was commissioned at Easter 2021 and covered works around the Strawberry Hill and Twickenham areas.

HICSE was sub-contracted to provide designs for alterations and modifications to the Train Describer (TD) and the Control and Indication components of the Wimbledon Panel. Alongside this, HICSE also provided TREsure assurance of the Mortlake SSI Interlocking to ensure compliance with Network Rail regulations.

The project team was based in the Plymouth Office, consisting of Richard Belli, Graham Stiles, Matt Mogridge and with technical support from Mark Tremlett and Bill Wraight.

The Covid-19 Pandemic presented its own unique challenges for the project, with the requirements and design stage conducted entirely from ‘home offices’. The integration and testing stage required limited numbers to work from the Plymouth office whilst ensuring that all aspects of the design life cycle were carried out and communicated to stakeholders Atkins, Network Rail, Resonate and Alstom.

Throughout this complex project HICSE supported Atkins in achieving a full working system, ensuring the legacy system integrated with new signalling control systems and that any changes did not impact existing systems such as the WARS IECC Automatic Routing Setting (ARS).

A key component of the design was to allow for ‘over and back’ testing and ensure that the existing TD link to Feltham could be smoothly switched over to a new link to Basingstoke ROC, whilst maintaining availability on a live railway system. A series of site visits in early 2021 proving the link, and its ability to transfer TD information relating to the modified railway infrastructure, gave confidence ahead of the Easter Commissioning.

Overnight on Saturday 3rd April Richard and Matt visited Wimbledon ASC to update and test modifications to the TEML41 Control system as part of the Feltham Phase 1 Commissioning Activity.

Feltham Phase 1 Signalling was signed back into use on 6th April 2021. After Network Rail and South West Railway ran 2 route proving trains across the area with no significant issues found, the network commenced service at 0500 7th April 2021.

Published 26/04/2021

Engineering Change

Written by Mel Sutcliffe

On Wed 3rd March I attended a virtual ‘Engineering Change’ webinar, hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering. This purpose of this event was to explore diversity issues and their implications for engineering and the wider world and opened with a welcome from Dr Hayaatun Sillem, the CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

This was followed by a Panel discussion titled ‘Leading Change’. The topics discussed during this session included how to achieving diversity and inclusivity through leadership, the importance of recognizing unconscious bias and how best to address it, and how to work towards a more diverse workforce. It was emphasised that diversity and inclusivity relates not just to gender, but also to sexuality, race, disability, age etc. One of the more vocal panelists was Neil Smith, who is the Inclusive Design Lead at HS2 Ltd.

The delegates then had a choice of three sessions to attend. I opted for ‘Systems change – How do we meet the needs of a diverse world?’ which focused on how to address some of the biggest barriers to diversity, and highlighted some of the unexpected, and occasionally undesirable, consequences of well-intentioned changes.

The final session of the day was a panel discussion chaired by Loraine Martins, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail. The theme of the discussion was the importance of allies/acts of solidarity to progress diversity. A representative from the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) described how important men are as allies in championing women engineers in the workplace. Here at HICSE there has long been a culture that it’s how well you do the job that matters, irrespective of gender, race, age etc. I’ve been fortunate that in the 20+ years I’ve been an engineer in various companies and sectors, my male colleagues have typically been supportive and non-judgemental. However, it’s still important to be aware that it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of jumping to conclusions, for example, in a hospital assuming that the male is the doctor and the female the nurse. A successful business cannot afford to miss out on the talent that lazy prejudice can overlook.

More information about diversity and inclusion can be found here: https://www.raeng.org.uk/diversity-in-engineering

Note: The event was held using Zoom, and as each person spoke, their words were displayed on screen as subtitles. The technology converting speech to text struggled with ‘Covid 19’ – and repeatedly displayed it as ‘Kevin 19’. This must have been very confusing for delegates with impaired hearing who were relying on the subtitles!

 

Published 11/03/2021

New West Midlands Training Facilities Help Develop Railway Signallers For The Future

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New training facilities have opened in the West Midlands to train railway staff to keep the rail network running safely.

The signalling simulators, which reflect real-life scenarios faced on the railway every day, have been installed at Walsall training centre and Birmingham’s New Street signal box. They are already being used to deliver Network Rail’s 12-week signaller training for new recruits and refresher training for current staff.

The facilities in Network Rail’s North West and Central region were completed ahead of schedule to increase the region’s signaller resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, working with Hitachi Information Control Systems (HICSE).

The operational simulator replicates the type of incidents and experiences that signallers would face on the railway, giving delegates the opportunity to get hands-on, practical experiences to test their reactions in a safe environment.

Martin Colmey, head of operations for Central route, said: “This is an invaluable facility which will train hundreds of future signallers who will help to keep the railway safe and operational for millions of passengers in future.  The simulator means our trainees can learn everything they need to know to confidently run the railway in a safe environment. The fact we can use it now to provide resilience during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis is another success from this investment.”

Tim Gray, Managing Director of Hitachi Information Control Systems said: “I am really pleased that Hitachi have been able to help Network Rail in keeping the UK railways running for key workers and freight customers and to provide a new training facility for future resilience. This was as brilliant collaboration and I’m grateful for the dedication and innovation shown by the HICSE staff who were involved”

To find out more about Network Rail’s training, please visit https://www.networkrail-training.co.uk/.

Posted 12/06/2020

New Bradford on Avon offices are now open

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Hitachi is pleased to announce the opening of its new offices in Bradford on Avon

 

London, December 16 2019 --- Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe (HICSE), a supplier of innovative software solutions to the global rail industry, is relocating on December 16 to new offices located less than a mile away from its current premises.

One of Bradford on Avon’s leading employers, HICSE’s head office has been located at its current site on Kingston Road since 2010. It is moving to Middleton Drive on the new Kingston Farm development from Ashford Homes.

The move comes as a result of HICSE’s continued growth over the past few years, which has seen the permanent workforce increase to over 140 people. It also reflects the strategic expansion of its rail business both in the UK and overseas.

 

Tim Gray, HICSE Managing Director, commented:

We are pleased to be moving into the new premises in Bradford on Avon and to continuing our long-standing association with the local community and the Southwest region. The new offices will provide an excellent workspace for our staff and enable efficient delivery and collaboration for our customer and suppliers. Together with our Derby and Plymouth offices we are ready to build on the exciting opportunities in today’s railway industry.

 

About Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe Ltd.

Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe brings together many years of experience in delivery and support of simulation, control and traffic management systems. In the U.K. our products form an essential part of Network Rail’s operational infrastructure, enabling safe and efficient performance via our training simulator and automated route setting systems.

To meet rail sector challenges, our team are driving industry-changing innovations in full lifecycle modelling and simulation, including automated data validation and design optimisation solutions. We are now combining our products and experience with those of our parent company, Hitachi Limited, to deliver market leading information and control solutions such as the Tranista Traffic Management platform and related Digital Railway solutions.

 

For further information about the company, please visit:  www.hitachi-infocon.com

Or contact Denise Watkins, Business Development Manager:

Tel 07872 147616

email: denise.watkins@hitachi-infocon.com

 

Posted 16/12/2019

Global Women’s Summit 2019 in Tokyo

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Written by Mel Sutcliffe, Senior Test Engineer

Sarah Rogers and I were lucky enough to be nominated to attend Hitachi’s Global Women’s Summit (GWS) 2019 in Tokyo – and naturally we jumped at the chance! As a result, on the 31st of October we found ourselves in the grand ballroom of the Keio Plaza Hotel, accompanied by approx. 180 other delegates from all over the world.

This year for the first time, both male and female delegates were invited to attend this summit, and so in addition to 153 female delegates, there were 27 male delegates

Interestingly, it was noted by several male speakers how strange/difficult they initially found being in such a small minority.

The summit started with a welcome address from Mr. Toshiaki Higashihara, the President and CEO of Hitachi Ltd. 

This was followed by a speech from Ms. Cynthia Carroll, the Outside Director,  and a talk from Mr. Hidenobu Nakahata, the Senior Vice President and Executive Officer, CHRO, and General Manager of Human Capital Group.

The second session of the day consisted of a panel discussion with a theme of “How can we create a workplace with diversity and inclusiveness?”. This question was debated by a panel of 6 guest speakers, comprising 2 men and 4 women, with Ms. Yukiko Araki moderating 

This discussion was immediately followed by a group photograph.

 

After a traditional bento box lunch , we split into groups to attend a number of workshops. There were several official photographers at the event, and I was captured participating in the ‘Unconscious Bias’ workshop (top right photograph), and Sarah was photographed in the ‘Coaching: Effective Questions’ workshop (bottom right photograph).

After the workshops had finished, we all returned to the ballroom for Mr. Toshiaki Higashihara’s Closing Remarks speech.

The event concluded with a Networking Dinner, during which time I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Toshiaki Higashihara, and to get several photographs with him 

      

I was also asked to participate in a videoed interview, and the footage will be used in the GWS video that will soon be made available via the YouTube Hitachi Brand Channel (link to follow when available).

Tokyo – Sightseeing.

In addition to attending the summit, Sarah and I joined our colleagues Tom Ross, Luke Dyer and Karsten Cox for a spot of sightseeing. Here we all are, not looking in the slightest bit bemused and jet lagged!

Soon after our arrival, we were lucky enough to be able to watch England beat New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals in a local Sports Bar. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) no photos survive of this evening, so you’ll just have to use your imagination!

Our hotel was in a district of Tokyo called ‘Akihabara’, which is commonly referred to as ‘Electric City’. The skyscrapers were tall, the advertising displays were enormous, the signs were brightly coloured, and it was a busy, noisy place all day, and late into the night. 

  

Tokyo is home to numerous Temples and Shrines – after the excitement of ‘Electric City’, we visited a number of these sites to experience the more serene and peaceful side of Tokyo 

 

As you can see in the following photo, insisting on have a selfie taken with your colleagues doesn’t always result in a sea of smiley happy faces 

One of the highlights of my trip was the evening Sarah and I visited the ‘The SkyTree’ – the tallest free-standing broadcasting tower in the world 

We travelled by an express elevator to the higher of the two observation desks (this wasn’t an outing for anyone with a fear of heights!), and after indulging in a little Dutch courage , we made our way along the futuristic viewing platform , and took in the sights of the city from 450 meters above ground level.

To finish this article, here’s a photo of a Panda in the zoo at Ueno (another district of Tokyo) – it looked about exhausted as I did by the end of the trip, but it was an unforgettable experience!! 

Posted 04/12/2019

Lottie’s Tour of HICSE 2019

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The theme of Lottie’s Tour this year is 'Then and Now' to celebrate the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Centenary.

We therefore took Lottie to visit our local railway station at Bradford on Avon, as it contains some fascinating historical items. Lottie discovered that the first passenger train arrived at Bradford on Avon railway station in 1857 (before WES was even formed!), and that the station has the honour of being designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel himself!

Lottie

Whilst looking around the railway station, Lottie took advantage of the GWR (Great Western Railway) and BR (British Rail) benches to take a break in the sunshine, and spend a happy few moments admiring the architecture, and watching the arrival and departure of several trains.

Lottie

With the 'Then and Now' theme of this year’s tour in mind, we dug deep into our archives here in the HICSE office and found examples of some older technology, which Lottie was keen to examine, and to learn more about.

Lottie

During a quiet moment on her last day here with us at HICSE, Lottie spent some time reading some of this year’s Hitachi publications, and considering how much things have changed in the field of engineering since WES was established 100 years ago.

Lottie

HICSE’s office is relocating shortly, so this is the last time we’ll welcome Lottie to this site. We’re therefore looking forward to showing her round our fantastic new offices during ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers’ week in 2020. Thanks for visiting us Lottie, see you next year!!

To find out more information about Lottie’s Tour, and to see the other companies that Lottie is visiting this year, search for #WESLottieTour.

To find out more about WES, visit their website: https://www.wes.org.uk/wes-centenary

 

Posted 06/11/2019

Hitachi STEM Champion Scheme

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During September, a number of HICSE engineers attended a kick off meeting for the Hitachi STEM Champion Scheme.  Here is what one of them had to say following the event.

“I along with other HICSE colleagues attended the Hitachi STEM Champion Scheme kick off meeting in maidenhead in late September 2019. This scheme is a new professional development opportunity for early career engineers from all Hitachi Group Companies, starting with those in the UK. It will run in collaboration with the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize), the scheme provides opportunities for external skills development, networking, attending prestigious events, publishing articles and thought pieces. It also offers internal STEM Champion Forum Meetings with peers from across the Group, training and access to senior business leaders. It will also provide us with a forum to run STEM awareness sessions in schools around the UK.”

 

To many people, STEM isn’t something they have heard of before, so below is an outline of what the STEM scheme is all about.

What is Hitachi STEM Champion Scheme?

STEM Champion Scheme is Hitachi’s approach on the STEM education program which encompasses schools, summer programs, science centres, museums and a variety of environments that make up a collection of learning opportunities.  The Hitachi mission is to ‘Inspire the Next’ generation of pioneers through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and is committed to making a difference.

The idea of STEM Education is to excite and engage students by providing them with a hands-on experience with research grade scientific instruments they wouldn’t usually have access to.

 

What does STEM stand for?

S – Science – ‘Explore a new gateway into the minds of students’.  By showing students what science can do, it expands the boundaries or their potential and possibilities for the future.  Through STEM, students will learn about innovative and challenging scientific activities that helps them understand the value of science.

T – Technology – ‘Magnify the importance of Technology’.  Challenging students to familiarise themselves with innovation will encourage their sense of curiosity.

E – Engineering – ‘Science, math and technology are among the tools engineers use to create solutions serving people and society’.  The students are inspired by the creativity of engineering and the opportunities it provides to make a difference.

M – Mathematics – ‘Math is the language of the sciences’.  Giving students a hands-on way to understand real-world problems will lead to a brighter tomorrow.

 

To find out more about the Hitachi STEM programme, please visit the Hitachi Inspire STEM Education website https://www.inspirestemeducation.us/

 

Supporting the Women’s Engineering Society

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Written by Mel Sutcliffe, HICSE Test Engineer

On Tuesday 26th June I represented HICSE at an Afternoon Tea event which was organised by the Women's Engineering Society (WES), and hosted at the Royal Academy of Engineering’s headquarters in Carlton House Terrace, near Buckingham Palace.

Women in Engineering

The 250 attendees (predominately women, but with a small number of men) were treated to champagne on arrival (or orange juice, but there weren’t many takers!), followed by tea and coffee and an array of cakes and tiny sandwiches towards the end of the event.

Women in Engineering

The afternoon started with the keynote speech presented by the Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Dr Hayaatun Sillem, and ended with an award ceremony, recognising the achievements of individuals under the banner of ‘Returners and Transferrers’.

The WE campaign aims to raise awareness of the skills shortage facing the industry and the huge discrepancy between the number of men vs. women currently in Engineering professions. Nominations were available to women working in engineering or allied sector/disciplines, having either returned after a break of at least 18 months or transferred to engineering from another sector.​

If you would like to learn more, please click on the following link: http://www.inwed.org.uk/top-50-women-in-engineering.html.

Women in Engineering

It was a fantastic opportunity to meet other engineers, and to increase the profile of HICSE within the engineering community.

(03.07.2018)

International Women in Engineering Day 2018

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Tomorrow, 23rd June 2018, is International Women in Engineering Day and takes place on this date every year. 

It is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses on the variety of career opportunities which are available for women to move into.  The idea of the day is to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world.

What a lot of people don't know is that less than 11% of the engineering sector in the UK is made up of women and with a large skills gap and the need for a more diverse workforce, it has never been more important to inspire and encourage more people, especially women, to choose a career in engineering and by supporting International Women in Engineering Day you are helping.

Women in Engineering

There was a huge success with the level of engagement on websites, Twitter and the official hashtag, #INWED17, which received over 34,000 impressions on the actual day alone.

This year the hashtag is #RaisingTheBar (as well as #INWED18) with the aim to raise the awareness of the day even more than last year.

Like many other engineering companies HICSE has a familiar historically-skewed demographic, but we are making good progress and wholeheartedly support the WES initiatives. To recognise the day (and the challenges) we have spoken to a couple of our female engineers and asked them to write a bit about themselves and being an engineer in such a male dominated environment. 

Women in Engineering

The first one is Mel Sutcliffe's article who is currently a Test Engineer at HICSE:

My first job in the IT Industry was working on an IT Help Desk – an experience I’m sure lots of people in this industry will be familiar with. Spending a couple of years in this type of (largely thankless) support role is something of a rite of passage for many - and inevitably, it’s made me much more sympathetic towards the voice at the end of phone when I’m calling any kind of Help Desk or Call Centre! At this point in my career, I was working with a fairly equal mix of men and women.

Having paid my dues on the Help Desk, I moved into the Test Department of the same company, and qualified as a Test Engineer. I subsequently took increasingly senior jobs with different companies, and initially didn’t notice the ratio of men to women changing. However, the more technical my role became, the less women I encountered in the workforce. Eventually, I found myself working as a Senior Test Engineer in a company which consisted of 44 men, and me - the only woman! Soon after starting, I was taken aside and offered the option of having one of the two toilets on my floor assigned exclusively to me. I was tempted to ask them to paint the walls of ‘my’ toilet pink, and hang pictures of frolicking kittens (in tiaras) on the walls, but instead I declined their kind offer, and continued to share the somewhat limited facilities equally with the rest of the workforce. I sometimes dream of that little pink palace I could have created for myself…

I’ve continued to work in environments which consist mainly of men; I previously had a team of all male Test Engineers working for me, and my current department comprises 11 men and just 1 woman – me!

Writing this article has made me question how and why I’ve stayed the course, when other women haven’t; what have I done, or what have I got? I’d love to end this piece with some fantastic moment of self-realisation – Eureka! I’ve found the holy grail of female equality - but I’m afraid I’m going to have to disappoint you on that one... I don’t know why I’m sitting in a room with 11 men and no other women – we’re as intelligent, driven and determined as men, but the numbers simply don’t add up.

I hope one day that the ratio of men to women in the IT industry will become more equal, but I’m afraid that goal seems to be a very long way off at the moment.

Women in Engineering

The second article comes from the HICSE Head of Company Assurance:

How I managed to have it all – just not all at the same time!

Most of the people I work with have very similar back stories. They left school, went to university, graduated and started full time work. As graduates the one thing they had in common was that the jobs they went into were a stepping stone to better things. They had Prospects!

At the same age I had left school with no plan, direction or ambition and had three children in four years. This kept me busy for a while. Had my partner been a millionaire I would probably had a few more children and continued to aimlessly potter on. That wasn’t the case so given that children grow out of their clothes and shoes and require food and shelter on a regular basis it became apparent that paid work would have to come into the equation somewhere along the line. So paid work I did! Over the years I pulled pints, flipped burgers, stacked shelves, cleaned things, delivered free papers and sold coffee over the phone. The one thing all these jobs had in common was that they could be fitted in round the children and they paid, albeit badly given that this was before the minimum wage came along.

Fast Forward: I’m broke, shattered and bored. Also older and wiser. There’s no shame in being poor but it’s no picnic either. I decided I wanted to change things so did some research. It seemed that anything to do with computers was the way to go. As I had never even touched a computer at that point I decided to go to an open evening at the local college to find out about evening classes with the vague idea that if I could find out how to use a word processor it might be a Good Thing. Judging by the hourly rates quoted in the Sits Vac columns of the time it would certainly be a way of earning a lot more money.

I went along to the open evening and met the person who would be my tutor for the next two years while I completed a full time HND in Business and Information Technology. Quite how I went from finding out about learning a skill that would pay at evening classes to signing up to become a full time mature student for two years is probably a whole book in itself but without the guidance and support I received that evening it would never have happened. I couldn’t see it happening when I signed up for the course but two years later I walked out of college with an HND and the confidence to sign up for a further year of study – a conversion course leading to a BSc in European Software Engineering.

The new course involved a term a term each at an English, Irish and French university. After I had spent the first 12 weeks driving up to Huddersfield on a Sunday night and back home on a Friday I was ready to quit! The family, children included, spent the fortnight’s Christmas holiday giving me ‘pep talks’. Mainly of the JFDI variety!

Early the next January the children and I loaded as many of our possessions as would fit into my battered Skoda and boarded a ferry to Ireland to spend three months in Cork – me at college and the children at school. It did us all the world of good and we got on the ferry to come back to England in a distinctly tearful mood.

The scene above repeated itself for the final term of the course, this time France. A condition of starting the course modules in any location was passing all those at the end of the previous term I had scraped through (just) at Huddersfield but did much better in Cork. The third term in France was the decider but when I put the last full stop on the last exam paper I couldn’t have cared less about the end result – I had stayed the course! (I passed.)

A big reality check followed on returning to England. I had a brand new shiny degree but now had to decide what to do with it. The HND and degree course timetables gave me the same long holidays as the children. I couldn’t possible hold down a full time job during the school holidays could I?? Think again. Plenty of other people were doing just that – how did they do it? I did some more research, worked it out and went to an agency. They found me a full time job as a Technical Assistant for six months. Four months in I was offered a permanent position which I declined. My long-suffering (they must have been – I was there for 13 years in the end) employers asked why. I explained that I had left one thing off my CV when applying to the agency – my degree. My reasoning at the time was that if the childcare thing didn’t work out I wouldn’t have a blot on my record – or rather my hard-won shiny degree. I figures I would get round to using it eventually but it might have to wait.

Much to my surprise instead of dismissing me as one of the terminally faint hearted my employers offered to sign me up for their graduate trainee programme. I said ‘Yes please!’ I had a riot! I was never bored at work, I learned a lot, I got promoted a lot, I traveled and I met many interesting people.

Fast Forward 13 years: All good things come to an end. The company I was working for was taken over by a much larger company and when voluntary redundancy was put on the table I was one of the takers. Walking out of the place for the last time without a job to go to was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. However, the week before I left I had attended an interview at a very small company – headcount 40 – and the only ray of hope was a second interview the following Monday. I got the job!

Fast Forward 7 years: Today I am Head of Company Assurance for Hitachi Information Control Systems (Europe) Ltd (HICSE), the new name of the small company I went to work for, following its acquisition by Hitachi. My youngest child is 30 and I have a 14 year old granddaughter. I have learnt a lot over the course of the years, the most important things being;-

  1. It is NEVER too late to do anything. There are eighty year olds (and older) running marathons!
  2. You can have it all but probably not at the same time. The hard part for me was working out what ‘it’ was. ‘It’ is different for all of us. Step 2 is working out the ‘when’.
  3. Other people’s opinions are nice to have if good and awful if bad. Don’t ignore either but learn to be your own best critic. If I had listened to other people all those years ago when they said I was crazy to consider going back to college ‘at your age’ I probably would still be broke, bored and exhausted!

If you would like to find out more information about the day, please visit www.inwed.org.uk and keep an eye on all social media tomorrow where you will find a lot activity going on

(22/06/2018)

Successful Entry into Service for Paisley & Ayr

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The last week in February saw the entry into service of TREsa for the Paisley and Ayr workstations at the West of Scotland Signalling Centre (WSSC).  This completes the first major milestone of the TREsa for MCS rollout into WSSC.  As one of the longest running TREsa projects, this is a huge achievement for the company and the many dedicated engineers who have worked to deliver this system.

TREsa was initially switched on at 10am on Monday 26th February and the initial impressions from the signallers have been very positive. The system has quickly proven its capability in a number of different operating conditions, including the morning and evening peaks, and also during severely disrupted operations due to the weather.

paisley

Network Rail’s plan was to phase the introduction of TREsa by first working the off-peak periods of Monday and Tuesday, and then enable full-time operations on Wednesday to include the peak time services. However, the Signallers were so pleased with the system’s performance on the first day that they asked for it to start full-time operation before the Tuesday evening peak. This demonstrates how well the TREsa system is working and their growing confidence in the system.

paisley

Wednesday morning saw severe disruption to rail services due to heavy snow.  With the rail network suffering significant issues including points failures, TREsa continued to support the Signallers to keep services running as efficiently as possible.  TREsa was automatically routing trains in the less affected areas, which allowed the Signallers to focus their efforts on the network failures requiring their attention.  This is great example of the benefits TREsa brings to the rail network, showing the difference it can make during degraded operations.

paisley

The project team will now be looking to commission the next phases of the project where the Shields, Cathcart, Polmadie and Glasgow Central workstations will see the same benefit of having TREsa support their busy operation.  The company would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of this commissioning and their continued efforts in supporting this project.

(26/03/2018)