A joint venture (JV) comprising COWI, Parsons and SYSTRA has secured a multidisciplinary consultancy services contract to support the automation of the S-train system in the Greater Copenhagen Area, Denmark.
Awarded by Danish State Railways (DSB), the eight-year contract has two six-year extension options.
As agreed, the JV will assist DSB with the planning and migration of the S-train network to an automated system. It will also support forming an operating organisation that will operate the new trains.
The transformation to an automated system is expected to help the rail system to accommodate more passengers, further improving mobility in the Greater Copenhagen Area.
The JV also includes Implement Consulting Group as sub-consultant.
DSB programme manager Jesper Andersen said: “Establishing a fully automated S-train system is an extensive and crucial project that will benefit passengers in the future while representing a key element in updating public transit in the Greater Copenhagen Area.
“When awarding the consultancy contract, we rated experience with similar projects high. The COWI-Parsons-Systra JV holds vast experience in large-scale railway projects – conventional, as well as automated – and is a great match for us in the transformation to an automated S-train system.”
Systra chief international and development officer Jean-Charles Vollery said: “Systra is extremely delighted to support DSB on the Copenhagen Future Rail Network Programme, together with its long-time partners COWI and Parsons.
“The transition of such a large network into a driverless operation is indeed quite unique in the world. For SYSTRA, it is also the continuation of more than 15 years of projects in Denmark to enhance its mobility solutions.”
Recently, Systra has secured a design and build (D&B) contract for a portion of the high-speed railway track between Naples and Bari, Italy.