Paddington to Bristol Parkway TMS

CCD were contracted by Network Rail to support the development, installation and evaluation of a TMS system at the Thames Valley Signalling Centre and Route Control in Western House Swindon for a 12-month trial period.

Improving UK rail

This project is part of Network Rail’s vision for Digital Railway. “Thousands of passengers will benefit from the introduction of this cutting-edge technology that could reduce train delays by up to 15% on the main lines out of London Paddington,” said David Waboso, group managing director for Digital Railway.

Signalling innovation

The innovative system uses algorithms to assess different types of trains running across the network to forecast their onward journey and highlight any potential conflict or delay. When it detects a possible disruption, the system enables real-time re-planning, allowing services to be adjusted and minimises delays.

What we did

This development will introduce a link between the Signalling Control system and the Operation Management system.

TMS-specific skills were integral to moving this project into testing. CCD’s human factors and ergonomics integration looked at system-wide ergonomics. Scenario-based analysis, user workshops, signalling interface UX and ergonomic readiness were just a few components of our Human Factors integration plan.