Amey Consulting has won a place on Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) £88m professional services framework.
Spanning a three-year term, the engineering consultancy has proposed several innovations to drive performance improvement across transport in the north west of England.
Among the proposals is utilising Quartz, Amey Consulting’s data science application, currently used by Network Rail for 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 said it aimed 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.
Amey Consulting will also invest in attracting and developing new talent in the region, targeting local graduates through its Railway Engineering degree apprenticeship scheme and partner with social enterprises to hire ex-armed forces personnel.
Alex Gilbert, managing director, Amey Consulting, said: “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.
“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.”
The framework is part of TfGM’s ‘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.
TfGM oversees transport and travel across Greater Manchester, home of the UK’s largest regional economy outside London, with a population of over 2,800,000 people. Amey Consulting and Keolis are the current operators and maintainers of Manchester Metrolink, having also been appointed to TfGM’s 2016 framework.