Hima-Sella wins contracts to enhance Northern Rail stations

Hima-Sella has been awarded and has commenced work on two contracts to provide full design and delivery services for customer information system (CIS) and public address enhancements at three Northern Rail stations.

Under the first contract, Hima-Sella is supplying new customer information screens and a new public address system at Darwen Station as part of an initiative being jointly funded by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Northern Rail. The company is contracted to Lorne Stewart and is working in partnership with Northern Rail.

Upon completion, scheduled for June 2012, Darwen Station will be connected to CIS servers controlled from Northern Rail’s Operational Control Centre in Manchester via the ATOS station controller over the existing secure IT network. This architecture will provide operational personnel with the ability to provide real-time passenger information and automated public address announcements. Hima-Sella will also be supplying new DDA-compliant induction-loop technology.

Under a separate contract, Hima-Sella is improving the level of customer information at two additional stations in the north west, namely Rainhill and Wigan Wallgate. Again working in partnership with Northern Rail, the company is supplying new retail telecommunications equipment on behalf of Merseytravel and Northern Rail.

For both stations, Hima-Sella is supplying new customer information screens controlled by the existing ATOS Origin CIS System installed at Newton Heath and operated from Northern Rail’s Operational Control Centre in Manchester.