London’s Network Rail said Thursday it has awarded the £32 million (roughly $50 million) Thameslink core area resignaling contract to Invensys Rail. The project is designed to provide a significant increase in route capacity, allowing 24 trains per hour to run from Loughborough Junction in the south, through central London, and onto Kentish Town in the north.
The four-stage project Invensys will handle includes all elements of design, manufacture, installation, testing, and commissioning. The equivalent of six Solid State Interlockings will be controlled by the company’s WESTLOCK interlocking and WESTCAD computer-based control systems, which are to be installed at both West Hampstead and Victoria Signaling Centers.
Said Invensys Rail’s Managing Director Nick Crossfield, “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this contract, the latest in a series of wins for the company in the U.K. Whilst this is an extremely challenging project, in terms of design, integration, and access, our delivery team is looking forward to working closely with colleagues at Network Rail on the Thameslink program and withother contractors to deliver another first class solution for London.”
As a key deliverable for the London Olympics, the first stage of the project will be commissioned at Kentish Town station in April 2011, with the final stage scheduled for completion in April 2012.
Invensys Rail is a division of Invensys plc; both are based in London.