Today the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has opened a market study into the supply of rail signalling systems to ensure the signalling supply chain is fair and competitive.
Signalling accounted for more than £4 billion of Network Rail’s spend over the five-year period between 2014 and 2019. This spend is forecast to significantly increase, as digital technology is rolled out across the network.
This study builds on previous work into signalling, notably ORR’s engagement with the European Commission about the proposed merger of Siemens/Alstom.
Tom Cole, Head of Competition at the Office of Rail and Road, said: