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2017 9 Feb

Suppliers agree ECI will save money and increase innovation

Posted in Supply Chain

At a recent conference, global suppliers presented their detailed findings which contributed to the Digital Railway Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) programme report. They stated that by making changes to the way projects are currently initiated, and having a more collaborative approach between supplier, client and other stakeholders will have huge significant benefits for Britain’s rail industry. The benefits include substantial cost savings, increased innovation and investment in skills and training.

Around 100 suppliers and colleagues from Network Rail joined forces in January to hear from representatives of Alstom, Amey, Atkins, Bombardier, Hitachi, Indra, Resonate, Siemens and Thales, who contributed to the ECI report which was published in December.

Providing a keynote speech, David Tonkin, Interim CEO of Railway Industry Association, said, “The next evolution of the railway will require a different way of working, the principles embodied in the ECI work provide that fresh approach. The success of Digital Railway will be the success of the supply chain and vice versa”.

Stuart Calvert, ECI programme lead, said, “The ECI work included a great deal of analysis, resulting in significant recommendations for the programme. This event gave the opportunity for important stakeholders in the programme to hear directly from suppliers and question their findings.”

Michael Flynn, Digital Railway Programme Director, stressed the need to ensure that the recommendations are applied as we start to take the next steps for a digitised railway.


More information is available in the full presentation pack >> Download ECI Conference presentation

Download a copy of the ECI report here >> Download report

Watch David Tonkin, interim CEO of RIA provide his thoughts on the ECI conference >> David Tonkin