21st July 2008 – telent has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Network Rail to upgrade communications as part of the Thameslink Project.
telent will design, install and commission an upgraded operational communications system and cable network for the Project which is designed to cater for increased commuter demand and will also benefit visitors to the Olympics. By the end of 2012, longer 12-car trains with 50% extra capacity will be running on the route between Bedford, Central London and Brighton. There will also be a 200% increase in the number of trains running through the heart of London.
As track and stations are modernised to carry the new trains, telent will upgrade the existing communications infrastructure to support a new signalling system. telent will also provide new communications facilities for operational staff and emergency services, install new trackside telephones, tunnel radio systems and associated fibre and copper data cable networks.
“The Thameslink Project, which is both technically and logistically complex, requires competence and teamwork to ensure its successful completion.” said Steve Pears, General Manager of telent’s Rail division. “The Thameslink route is one of the busiest in the UK and is required to remain in operation during the upgrade. This places additional responsibilities on the team to ensure that the travelling public are not inconvenienced during the upgrade work. telent’s track record in the rail industry is second to none and Network Rail’s choice of telent for this challenging, high profile project underlines their trust and confidence in our capabilities.”
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Notes to Editor:
Network Rail is planning to build new track, new stations, extend platforms and improve signalling on the Thameslink route which is one of the busiest rail corridors in Europe. This work represents a total of £3.55bn of investment.
The route for the contract passes from Kentish Town in the North, through St Pancras International (sub-surface), Farringdon, City Thameslink and Blackfriars stations, to London Bridge, Elephant & Castle and Herne Hill stations in the South.
The scheme began in October 2007 less than three months after funding was announced. Work has begun to extend all four platforms at Luton Airport Parkway to enable longer trains to stop in the future. A further twenty-two stations will have their platforms extended before 2011. The major works at Blackfriars, Farringdon and Borough viaduct begin in January 2009. Work to radically overhaul the track layout to the east of London Bridge is planned to begin after the Olympics in 2012.
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