UK-based specialist engineering company R&B Group has secured a £1.4m contract to upgrade the electrical switchgear on the London Underground’s District Line.
Under the new contract, which is part of the London Underground’s biggest rebuilding programme, R&B will work with UK Power Networks Services (UKPN Services) to design and manufacture of a series of LV and MV switchboard panels for the SSR3B project on the District Line.
The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world and is under increasing demand to deliver the extra capacity needed.
"The new switchgear panels will improve the efficiency of the Underground’s power systems and help the company deliver a leading transport service," said R&B managing director Mark Beswick.
The project, scheduled to begin this autumn, will be built at R&B’s workshop in Manchester, and will take at least 12 months to complete.
"We will need to work to a strict timeframe to ensure that the work does not impact the day-to-day running of the Underground or any further repairs," Beswick said.
Image: The new switchgear panels will improve the efficiency of the Underground’s power systems and help the company deliver a leading transport service. Photo: courtesy of R&B Group.