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Siemens wins €60m Crossrail signalling project

A consortium led by Siemens has won the signalling and control equipment contract for Crossrail’s central section, worth an estimated €60m. The contract covers the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the train control system, which is scheduled for the end of 2008.

The system will be installed between Portobello Junction on the Great Western Main Line, Pudding Mill Lane Junction on Great Eastern Main Line in the east and Abbey Wood in south east.

Crossrail’s services will operate in Automatic Train Operation (ATO) mode with Automatic Train Protection (ATP) in the central operating section from Portobello Junction to Pudding Mill Lane / Abbey Wood.

Due to the integration of Crossrail’s central section with the existing National Rail network, Crossrail services will need to operate with existing signalling and safety systems installed at either end of the Crossrail tunnels.

Siemens will install Trainguard MT with ATO, the operations control system Vicos and radio transmission Airlink, including integrating between ETCS, TPWS and CBTC.

Consortium partner Invensys will provide interlocking equipment, components for outside facilities and attend to installation.

Siemens has also committed to create around 20 apprenticeships and new job start roles for long-term unemployed, or NEETs living within Greater London, or within a mile of the Crossrail route. The company will also provide 500 days of work experience during the project.

Andre Schoen, director of Siemens Rail Automation UK, said: “We are delighted that we won the Crossrail Signalling Contract in consortium with Invensys Rail. Crossrail is a prestigious infrastructure project for London and we will deliver first class technology which will enable the trains to operate seamlessly under the European Train Control System (ETCS) on the Network Rail sections, as well as the Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC) at high capacity in the Crossrail tunnel.

“This ‘dynamic switchover’ will allow trains to travel into different sections without having to stop and is a world first for the application of this technology, blending mainline operations with mass transit performance. Siemens is the consortium leader, applying its world class CBTC system, with Invensys providing their UK approved interlocking.”

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail’s chief executive said: “Crossrail is now in a position to award the main signalling contract which is the first of our railway systems contracts. Crossrail will operate up to 24 trains per hour during the peak between Whitechapel and Paddington.  The new signalling system will incorporate Automatic Train Operation to support the delivery of a high-frequency metro service and will also be capable of enhancement to 30 trains per hour through the central section at a later date.”

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