VolkerRail secures bid to deliver new signalling systems in the London Underground

By Catherine Sturman
VolkerRail will be providing a new signalling system in a contract with Thales, working in a dual partnership with Transport for London (TfL). The Four...

VolkerRail will be providing a new signalling system in a contract with Thales, working in a dual partnership with Transport for London (TfL). The Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) programme will benefit thousands of passengers which utilise the underground in London on a regular basis.

Debra Fitzgerald, Senior Project Manager at VolkerRail said, “This project re-opens doors to an expanding market for VolkerRail. While London Underground’s infrastructure brings its own unique challenges and opportunities, VolkerRail’s extensive knowledge of Thales’ communications-based train control system and London Underground’s signal engineering operations, will ensure a positive outcome for all.”

TfL will be responsible for transforming the Circle, District, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines, with a new signalling system, which will allow an increased number of trains to run, providing a more efficient service with a 33 percent increase in capacity.

VolkerRail have stated that they will implement the necessary signalling equipment, incorporating fibre and copper cable, which will run across all four lines.

Andy Bell, Vice President, Urban Rail Signalling for Thales UK said, “Modernising the signalling across the four lines is a key element of the wider programme which will enable London Underground to meet the capacity needs of the city."

"It is a huge project and the key to its continued success is working collaboratively together as one team with London Underground and suppliers, sharing our challenges and achievements.”

Source: VolkerRail

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