Siemens Mobility deal for tram infrastructure

Edinburgh Trams infrastructure secured in 11-year £44m deal by Siemens & Bilfinger

Siemens Mobility and Bilfinger UK have joined forces for a £44.7m deal for the maintenance of Edinburgh Trams infrastructure until 2035.

The 11-year contract extension covers the maintenance of the:

  • Overhead contact line system
  • 18.5 kilometres of track
  • SCADA systems
  • Signalling systems

“We have operated in close collaboration with Edinburgh Trams Ltd including the network extension, and we are delighted to be partnering with them for another eleven years,” said Siemens Mobility’s joint CEO, Sambit Banerjee.

“This is a real testament to the team who have worked so hard over the last 10 years to offer the best service to maintain the Tram infrastructure in Edinburgh.”

Siemens Mobility has overseen the tram infrastructure in Edinburgh since 2014 and was instrumental in the recent expansion of the network to Newhaven, which represented the first time a tram service had been provided to the area in over 65 years.

Managing director at Edinburgh Trams, Lea Harrison, said: “For the past decade, we have worked closely with Siemens Mobility to deliver a world-class service to our growing number of customers. This continued partnership will be vital as we build on our undoubted success to date.”

Around 22 jobs at Siemens Mobility are expected to be supported by the contract extension, including some new technician and apprenticeship roles. Siemens Mobility has a wider influence over rail infrastructure in Scotland, however, with more than 250 people employed across the country.

They are working in tandem with Scotland’s railway to help deliver the upgrade of signalling technology at places like Carstairs and have used modular signalling to open the new Inverness Airport Railway Station.

The staff also help maintain ScotRail’s Class 380 trains which operate on routes from Ayrshire to Glasgow, Edinburgh and beyond.

Image credit: Siemens Mobility

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