Network Rail’s £30m best-of-breed project arrives on track, on time and under budget

Network Rail has completed a six-month, £30m IT roll-out to provide systems to support track maintenance operations that it...

Network Rail has completed a six-month, £30m IT roll-out to provide systems to support track maintenance operations that it inherited from Railtrack.

As part of the government’s move to bring maintenance back "in-house", Network Rail’s information management team undertook to provide a new corporate infrastructure.

IT services were established for 6,000 new IT users at more than 300 UK locations, and over 150 new applications were tested and deployed, with training given to more than 5,000 employees.

Joe Van Valkenburgh, Network Rail’s information management director, said, "This was a challenging programme - some people thought it could not be done. But we found a way to do it, by having the right team in place with a clear objective, empowerment and proper support.

"The successful completion of this programme is a great example of how a team worked together with a common goal, and delivered a difficult programme on time and under budget."

Van Valkenburgh said his team possessed the core skills that allowed them to specify and manage the best-of-breed IT systems chosen.

Suppliers used by Network Rail

  • Hewlett-Packard and Atos Origin partnered to build a central IT infrastructure based on Microsoft 2003 servers with Active Directory, Exchange mail servers, and XP Professional and Office on desktops.
  • BT delivered connectivity to existing and new sites.
  • Afiniti provided training, which included end-user, communications and change management support.
  • Computacenter managed hardware and software supply, engineering services, cabling installation and configuration services.
  • Siemens Business Services provided personnel to assist in the management and roll out of the local area network and desktop support.

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