Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Ian Bridges as its new Head of Signalling in Britain.
The company’s UK rail activity includes engineering consultancy for some of Network Rail’s major projects including the Thameslink and Northern Hub programmes, Crossrail’s South East Section and its recent appointment on HS2 for railway systems design.
Ian will have responsibility for a signalling team of around 35 design specialists in Manchester and Glasgow.
He was previously engineering director for Signalling Solutions Limited, a joint Alstom/Balfour Beatty company, where he was responsible for the technical delivery of all the company’s products including the introduction of Alstom’s Smartlock 400 product into the UK market.
During his 34 year career in the railway industry, Ian has primarily worked in signalling, initially focusing on design, followed by testing and latterly, technical management.
He has been deeply involved in the development of computer aided design techniques, particularly on the King’s Cross and proposed Eurotunnel terminus developments. He is also a specialist in occupational training, particularly of testers.
A Chartered Engineer, Ian also has a Masters Degree in Rail Systems Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers and the Institution of Engineering & Technology, and is a member of the Engineering Council and the Federation Europeene d’Associations Nationals d’Ingenieurs.