East Kent Re-signalling Phase 2

Overview of Deliverables

The East Kent Re-signalling Phase 2 Project was the second phase of the overall East Kent Re-signalling Programme, which concentrated the control of a significant portion of Network Rail’s Kent route into the East Kent Signalling Centre (EKSC), located at Gillingham.

The principal purpose of the project was to improve asset condition, provide capacity & capability enhancements and deliver operational savings within the project area. The project comprised the total renewal of life-expired signalling on a section of the Chatham Main Line between the end of the Phase 1 project near Sittingbourne, and the Victoria Signalling Centre control area near Longfield, alongside the re-control and partial renewal or modification of existing signalling on connecting routes.

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Network Rail approached Vertex Systems Engineering (Vertex) to gather data and carry out an initial assessment of asset condition and undertake a Whole Life-Cycle Cost (WLCC) assessment, comparing the various option technologies relevant to the scope of the East Kent Phase 2 Project.

Deliverables Included

  • Data gathering and initial assessment – paper of findings
  • Undertake WLCC assessment – paper and quantitative analysis
  • Summary paper and power point presentation
  • Technical competencies applied in the delivery of the contract

Technical competencies applied in the delivery of the contract

Vertex employed the following competencies during these works:

  • Optioneering of technical, operations, maintenance and whole life cost to develop the suite of feasible options, including demonstration of acceptability to stakeholders’ requirements
  • Technical knowledge of the proposed system in question, incorporating over 20 years’ experience in project development and delivery and adhering to the Network Rail Project Management (GRIP) process
  • Data Analysis and Whole Life Costing- to understand the nature of the problem, the costs incurred and the whole life costs of proposed solutions, in order to ensure value for money
  • Systems Engineering- appreciating the impact of the proposed solution in terms of its whole-life implementation

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