Mott MacDonald will support Hitachi in the implementation of its Tranista traffic management system for the Thameslink route.
The engineering consultancy will advise on the necessary changes to operational roles, processes and decision-making, to support the introduction of the new technology.
The consultancy will also assess how to integrate the Tranista system within existing operational centres and its impact on staff and accommodation.
Mott MacDonald Thameslink project director Robert Gray said, ‘A key aspect of this project will be our understanding of the capabilities of the system and how it will affect the workload of operational staff.
‘Traffic management is a paradigm shift in the way a railway is operated, so we will need to develop a whole new approach to assessing workload.’
Tranista is one of several systems being introduced to enable 24 trains per hour to run through central London in each direction by 2018, as part of the Thameslink programme.
Hitachi’s system will control the running of the railway in real-time and support the recovery of operations in the event of delays or disruption.
The integrated system will also provide signallers, maintenance staff and train operators with the necessary working information regarding the train operation status, as well as offer support with the planning and scheduling of trains.