Spanning a three-year term, the engineering consultancy has proposed several exciting innovations to drive performance improvement across transport in the North West.
Among the proposals is utilising Quartz, Amey Consulting’s award-winning data science application, currently used by Network Rail. Quartz uses to-the-second train movement data to understand station performance, identify the causes of delays, and devise targeted actions to drive efficiency.
Furthermore, Amey Consulting wants to harness green technology, including the use of hybrid technology to help TfGM reduce CO2 emissions, as well as investing in digital connectivity to provide passengers with electronic ticketing systems for seamless journeys.
Today’s announcement also means Amey Consulting will now invest further in attracting and developing new talent in the North West. Amey Consulting will target local graduates through its award-winning Railway Engineering degree apprenticeship scheme and partner with social enterprises to hire ex-armed forces personnel.
This builds upon Amey Consulting’s existing commitment to Greater Manchester, as the current operators and maintainers of Manchester Metrolink, with Keolis, and as having also been appointed to TfGM’s 2016 framework.
Speaking on today’s announcement, Alex Gilbert, Managing Director, Amey Consulting said:
“We are delighted to have been appointed to the Framework.
“Our extensive operational, asset management and consulting expertise makes us uniquely placed to support clients in achieving performance improvements that benefit the people of Greater Manchester and beyond.
“We are also committed to delivering these works with local teams, further investing in the highly skilled workforce of the North West and unlocking opportunities for people and small businesses.
“Amey Consulting will offer TfGM an innovative approach to sustainable growth. Using data science and the latest technology to provide an efficient, economical and sustainable transport system for all.”
TfGM oversees transport and travel across Greater Manchester, home of the UK’s largest regional economy outside London, with a diverse population of over 2,800,000 people. The framework is part of its ‘Vision for 2040’, a commitment to provide ‘world-class’ connections that support long-term, sustainable economic growth and access to opportunity for all. The framework is open to 34 buyers including TfGM, Transport for the North, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and a host of Northern councils and combined authorities.