Digital railway expert re-joins WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Paul Bates as director for digital railway as part of its strategic growth in this sector. This latest hire further strengthens WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff’s reputation for industry leading expertise in modern signalling and train control following the recent appointment on Network Rail’s Digital Railway’s Multi-Functional Design Framework (MFD).

In his previous role as project director on Network Rail’s Thameslink programme, Paul implemented the European Train Control System (ETCS) level 2 signalling system on the line, a technology which allows trains to move faster and closer together. Before joining Network Rail in 2008, Paul held a number of senior leadership roles, including as director of engineering for Thales Rail Signalling Solutions, where he led the implementation of new control systems for the Jubilee Line upgrade. Paul previously worked at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2000-2001.

Paul is a fellow of both the Institute Railway Signal Engineers and the Institute of Engineering & Technology, and brings 34 years’ rail signal engineering and management experience to WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s growing rail specialist services team.

Paul said:

“Digital rail marks the next chapter for our industry in the UK and abroad and having brought ETCS to Thameslink, I am keen to expand WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s reputation in this growing field. I particularly look forward to developing the capability of our talented engineers to extend our digital offer to our clients.”

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s digital rail, train control and communications expertise covers infrastructure, rolling stock and operations and has been boosted with the recent hire of further specialists. In July, Jon Guaschi previously ETCS project manager at Govia Thameslink Railway, joined the team as its principal operations planning consultant. In August, Karl King joined as principal systems development engineer, he was previously head of train control systems technology at Mott MacDonald.

Darren Reed, UK head of rail at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, said:

“Digital rail and the safety, efficiency and environmental benefits it promises are undoubtedly an expanding area of interest in the UK and abroad, hence our investment in talent in this area. Having Paul on board will strengthen our technical expertise for the benefit of our clients; and I am delighted to welcome him in our rail team.”