Porterbrook awards Siemens First-in-Class ETCS on-board contract

Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited awarded Siemens the contract for the Electrostar First-in-Class (FiC) design and fitment project that will install its Trainguard 200 ETCS on-board solution on a Great Western Railways Class 387.
The contract was awarded for the FiC train ready to be in service by early 2020.
The Class 387 will be fitted with ETCS under the UK’s Digital Railway Programme, funded by the Department for Transport through Network Rail, and managed by the National Joint ROSCO Programme (NJRP).
This contract award supports the announcement of the 15-year roadmap to make the national digital railway strategy a reality.
“The installation of the ETCS on to these trains will be a major step forward in the national project to introduce in-cab signaling. Porterbrook are delighted to work with our partners to deliver this important project and support the rollout of the digital railway,” Mary Grant, CEO of Porterbrook said.
After the completion of this FiC installation, the remainder of the fleet will also be upgraded in line with the NJRP and Network Rail’s ETCS roll-out programmes, which are guiding ETCS deployment across the UK network.
Trainguard Level 2, Baseline 3 system will be installed to each of the trains to align with Network Rail’s ETCS deployment roadmap.
Under Network Rail ETCS roll-out programme, at the end of 2017 it has awarded Siemens Rail Automation the contract to install in-cab signalling system on Britain’s freight fleet, with a target to equip around 750 vehicles.