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Bombardier loses sub-surface lines signalling contract

London Underground is to re-let the re-signalling contract for the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

Bombardier was awarded a contract in June 2011 and has completed preparatory work including the construction of a new control centre, but it is thought compatibility issues have made it impossible to continue.

The work done so far will be taken forward with another contractor due to “the complex nature of the network” and to meet the planned deadline.

The original delivery timetable of 2018 will be maintained, LU insisted, and Bombardier retains its separate contract to deliver the new S-Stock trains, which will be introduced as part of the upgrade.

LU’s managing director, Mike Brown, said: “This is the right decision to make for London Underground and for Londoners. We have been working closely with Bombardier to find a way forward on what is one of the most challenging and complex pieces of work on the Tube.

“However it has become apparent to both parties that for the work to be completed within or close to the planned deadline, we need to push on with works with another contractor. Enabling works already completed by LU and Bombardier can be utilised when works recommence next year.

“I look forward, of course, to continuing to working with Bombardier who are delivering the walk through air conditioned trains that will serve all four Sub-Surface lines by 2016.”

Lutz Bertling, president and chief operating officer, Bombardier Transportation: “Together with London Underground we have now laid the foundation for the complex signalling upgrade of the Sub Surface Railway. Both parties have jointly and amicably agreed to complete and finalise the works that have been provided to date, and we look forward to working with London Underground as we continue to deliver the new air-conditioned trains for the network.”

Read RTM’s interviews with LU and Bombardier about the re-signalling project during its testing phase here.

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Lauren Butler   03/01/2014 at 18:35

Would have helped if the Bombardier system is CENELEC compliant - which it isn't!!!

Reality Check   04/01/2014 at 19:14

Good grief and all by mutual agreement - whatever happened to binding contracts?? You bid to supply this for this where is it?? Funny how the “the complex nature of the network” which hasn't changed since the contract was let is suddenly a reason for starting again. And at what cost to the tax payer?? By mutual consent....sounds like some playground blood brothers to stick together so that no one gets hurt. This has been rolled out as if it is just business as normal In any normal world this sort of massive cock up would lead to heads rolling - so where are the resignations, the apologies and the real explanations - its only recently that we have been reading in RTM how jolly well it was going and how everyone was working together so nicely.

Johnd   07/01/2014 at 14:16

I totally agree with 'Reality Check', all too often we hear of projects like this ending abruptly because the contractor realised they had bitten off more than they could chew but once again nobody takes responsibility for the foul-up, nobody seems accountable and no doubt the top bods have walked away with a very handsome bonus - and who pays? us, the taxpayers because now somebody else is going to have to come in and sort the whole abortion out that Bombardier have created. Where were the feasability studies at the beginning? As usual, greed is the prime motivator not whether or not they could actually do the job in the first place... Wrong! All wrong!

David W   30/01/2014 at 20:43

No heads rolling just a CBE.....

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