London, June 5, 2013: India-headquartered global IT services leader,Tata Consultancy Services is to help drive the strategic Information Technology (IT) transformation at UK train services agency, Network Rail UK.
The IT Solutions and System Integration Framework agreement encompasses identifying, defining, designing, building and integration of next generation IT solutions for Network Rail.
Network Rail is implementing a structured multi-sourcing model to invest in a customer-centric IT strategy over four years to deliver greater efficiency, effectiveness and innovation across the organisation. TCS will be a key enabler in helping Network Rail to achieve its objective of generating an outstanding value for taxpayers and users by continually improving the railway.
Says Shankar Narayanan, Country Head, UK & Ireland: “We are delighted to have been selected by Network Rail in this strategic program. This is a validation of our deep domain expertise and investments in the Transportation and Rail Industry. We are committed to usher in the changing technology paradigms and thereby deliver sustained value to Network Rail as a reliable partner."
Adds Philip Carnelley, Principal Analyst, PAC UK: “The UK transport sector is set to undergo a significant transformation in the coming years as organisations come under pressure to deliver more efficient and reliable services to customers while improving cost-effectiveness, for example through online channels to customers. Information Technology will be crucial in driving this change so it is no surprise to hear that Network Rail is planning a long-term, innovation-led IT strategy. TCS has built domain expertise and strong track record in the Transportation and Rail Industry and this deal demonstrates its growing ability to win large deals in the sector."
TCS’ Travel, Transport & Hospitality comprises over 5000 consultants, the team works with more than 50 customers worldwide including some of the global top 10 industry leaders in rail, airlines, hospitality, shipping and logistics.
Network Rail is the owner and operator of Britain's railway infrastructure, which includes the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations - the largest of which they also manage. They run, operate, maintain and invest in Britain’s rail network which includes 20,000 miles of track (and infrastructure), 40,000 bridges and tunnels, 17 major stations and 2,500 other stations - leased to train operators. www.networkrail.co.uk