Bombardier Transportation and Carillion have announced the launch of a new UK joint venture, named Infrasig.

The new venture is already making a ‘significant contribution to the upgrade in UK infrastructure,’ having recently been appointed as one of the suppliers awarded a framework agreement by Network Rail for its rail signalling upgrade programme.

This will see the implementation of the latest European Train Control System (ETCS) technology.

The technical basis used for Infrasig’s work on the development phase of the ETCS roll out will be Bombardier’s INTERFLO 450 ERTMS Level 2 solution.

The technology ‘further removes the need for the installation and maintenance of wayside equipment, particularly light signals and their support systems, and similarly reduces cabling supply and civil works’. Signals displayed in the cab present the opportunity for higher line speeds and increased capacity.

Paul Roberts, Chief Country Representative UK & Ireland, Bombardier Transportation said:

“It is in keeping with Bombardier’s leading global position as a manufacturer of rail transportation solutions that we are announcing this exciting joint venture.”

Adam Green, Managing Director of Carillion UK Construction Services, added:

“We are delighted to launch this new joint venture in partnership with Bombardier Transportation. Through Infrasig we will build on Bombardier’s smart and internationally proven signalling technology and adapt it to the UK rail infrastructure.

“This will help deliver Network Rail’s commitment to maximise travel flow and ensure a fast and reliable railway service.”

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