Systems Engineering

Activities in the Civil Engineering discipline dominated the delivery of Thameslink Programme’s three key output stages.

This theme captures lessons learned and best practice in systems engineering. As the London Bridge Station Redevelopment draws to a close, more case studies will be captured from all areas of this major project.

In this interview, Michael Thomson, Site Engineer explains some of the technically challenging aspects of building London Bridge station.

Related Case Studies

Passenger Communications: London Bridge station hoardings

How installation of Network Rail’s largest ever hoarding, alongside a customer-driven approach to communications, led to high levels of passenger awareness during the redevelopment of London Bridge station.

Innovation: Railway Systems staging

How staging was key to Network Rail’s most complex ever mainline major re-signalling project, of all lines east and west of London Bridge station.

Project Systems: London Bridge Station

How using an integrated project delivery platform can provide a single source of truth, to aid project delivery and increase efficiency

Cable Management Sleepers

Developing a new design of cable manager sleeper, reducing the need for under track crossings, led to a significant cost saving for Thameslink Programme.

ETCS Testing – Thameslink Core Area

ETCS testing took place during mid-week nights through the Thameslink Core Area, while adjacent lines were open to service traffic, in preparation for ATO to be enabled.

Thameslink High Capacity Infrastructure Programme

The High Capacity Improvement project has provided the European Train Control System and enhanced signalling control systems needed to support automatic train operation and timetable management. These systems are crucial to the programme being able to reliably increase train frequency from 16 to 24 tph in each direction through the core Thameslink area from Blackfriars to St Pancras.

Introducing the Siemens Class 700 fleet into service

The introduction of a whole new train fleet delivered huge benefits to passengers while demonstrating that working flexibly and collaboratively led to impressive speed improvements in the commissioning of rolling stock.