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September 29, 2013

Alstom and Balfour Beatty Rail JV wins Great Western Main Line signalling contract

Signalling Solutions Limited (SSL), a joint venture formed by Alstom and Balfour Beatty Rail, has secured three signalling system contracts for the Great Western Main Line from UK infrastructure manager Network Rail.

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Maidenhead railway bridge

Signalling Solutions Limited (SSL), a joint venture formed by Alstom and Balfour Beatty Rail, has secured three signalling system contracts for the Great Western Main Line from UK infrastructure manager Network Rail.

Under the contracts, worth a total of £140m, SSL will provide the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning for renewed signalling around the Oxford, Swindon and Bristol areas, as well as associated power systems.

Along with the renewal of life-expired equipment, the projects involve the preparation of the line for 25kV 50Hz electrification and for the overlay of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), the new EU-backed train signalling system that uses an in-cab driver advisory system.

"Delivery of the three new projects is scheduled to be completed in December 2015."

Work will comprise the supply of five Smartlock 400 systems, an interlocking product developed by Alstom that has already been installed in a number of locations across the UK rail network.

Delivery of the three new projects is scheduled to be completed in December 2015.

SSL was selected as a preferred bidder in Network Rail’s major signalling framework agreement in January 2012, and was responsible for delivering signalling renewals and enhancements as primary supplier in three of eight geographical regions: Central East, Great Western Inner and Great Western Outer.

In March 2012, the company received a framework agreement from Network Rail to design and develop a European Train Control System (ETCS) level 2 using Alstom’s Atlas technology.


Image: Maidenhead Railway Bridge, which carries the Great Western Main Line over the River Thames. Photo: courtesy of Robert Neild.

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