Network Rail plans to outsource its enterprise systems and computing services following a review of its IT infrastructure.
Suppliers have been separately shortlisted for enterprise systems and computing services.
Network Rail said it would only sign outsourcing deals “if the proposals are economically and technically viable”. The company expects to sign any outsourcing deals that get the go-ahead by the middle of this year.
A new service centre will be set up to centralise the support functions delivered to all 20,000 of the company’s IT users. The centre will include Network Rail’s IT helpdesk, incident management and operations units.
The rail infrastructure company has been working on an overhaul of its IT systems and architecture since the company was set up following the collapse of Railtrack in 2002.
Network Rail spends around £100m a year on IT. Its main IT objective is to reduce the 1,000-plus applications it acquired from Railtrack to 200 initially and then fewer still.
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