Global engineering firms sign contract to improve rail use

Royal HaskoningDHV and Lynxx sign a long-term framework contract with ProRail for better use of rail with data analytics

With passenger numbers and goods volumes expected to rise by 30 percent and 50 percent respectively by 2030, Dutch rail network, ProRail, is under increasing pressure to expand capacity. 

But network expansion alone is not the answer; ProRail needs smart, efficient ways to use and maintain its national network.  

Against the backdrop of the global energy transition, Royal HaskoningDHV and its partner, Lynxx, are supporting ProRail to expand the power supply for rail traffic in a data-driven framework agreement lasting a minimum of four years.  

Anton van der Sanden, Business Line Director at Royal HaskoningDHV commented: “The potential of data in the rail sector could be game changing – offering smarter operations, more efficient maintenance, and facilitating a smooth energy transition.” 

Electricity network shortages mean train speeds are restricted across the network; an issue that is only getting worse as the demand for energy increases. But by using data analytics, ProRail’s project will find smarter ways to manage and optimize its ageing power supply. 

So far, Royal HaskoningDHV has already applied its digital twin technology to create a model of ProRail’s network, running simulations and testing timetable modifications.  

Arjen Boersma, Director of ICT ProRail, added: “The use of data analytics and combining a data-driven approach with significant sector expertise has extra added value for ProRail. That’s exactly what Royal HaskoningDHV offers; and over the coming years, the company will help us to improve travelers’ and shippers’ satisfaction and enhance our environment.”