Rail industry contract win for digital transport solutions provider

Digital transport solutions provider, 3Squared together with Rail Professional Development (RPD) Inspire has secured a contract to deliver digital and traditional training solutions for the East Coast Digital Programme.

The programme is being run through London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

Sheffield-based 3Squared will provide the digital solutions and RPD Inspire the operational and driver training expertise to support the development of familiarisation and training of drivers on European Train Control Systems (ETCS).

Paul Durrant, managing director of RPD Inspire, said: “Working with 3Ssquared provides a unique opportunity to fully integrate digital technology with ETCS driver training and improve methodology, resource availability and competence.”

Tim Jones, managing director of 3Squared, said: ““We are delighted to be working with RPD Inspire, playing an integral part in the East Coast Digital Programme.

“This will create a new model for industry investment and growth. It is the first step of the digital network strategy and long-term deployment plan, projecting strong growth for future opportunities across the UK rail industry, creating a dynamic railway fit for the future.

“Delivering a digital railway is fundamentally about changing how the railway is operated and maintained.

“It is about showcasing the sustained benefits it will provide to customers, stakeholders and funders, and reveals how a new operating reality can be underpinned by world standard technologies for in-cab train control and traffic management.

“This project will have a tremendous impact on the rail sector in the mid to long-term, enabling a reduction in the overall cost of maintenance and the capability to dynamically flex capacity.”

3Squared already works with the ETCS in mainland Europe, supporting operators and standards teams as drivers, crew and ground staff are transitioned to new ways of working.

Using tools such as its RailSmart® EDS, 3Squared supports a wide range of organisations to manage change, create and identify training needs and schedules a blend of classroom-based learning, assessments and interactions.

In addition, 3Squared provides its RailSmart Virtual Academy platform; a learning management system used to deliver eLearning courses, virtual instructor led training and micro simulation.