Network Rail has awarded the contract for the detailed design and implementation of Phase 3 of the Victoria Resignalling Programme to Siemens Mobility.
This forms part of Network Rail’s £750 million Sussex Railway Upgrade Plan, which will see aging equipment across the Sussex region replaced by network-based digital signalling and train control solutions to increase capacity, minimise delays, enhance safety and reduce operating costs.
As principal contractor, Siemens Mobility will be responsible for all signalling, telecoms, civil engineering, electrification and plant, as well as for installing a new trackside 650V electrical power feeder and associated principal supply points and track works.
The work is expected to take just under two years, with the final commissioning of Phase 3, which covers the area between Victoria and Streatham Hill, as well as the West London lines from Clapham Junction towards Shepherd’s Bush, scheduled to take place during a nine-day blockade over Christmas and New Year 2022.
Under the new contract, Siemens Mobility will be deploying its Trackguard Westlock and WTS digital signalling technology, as well as its Controlguide Westcad Insight traffic management solution with Digital Conflict Resolution and Dynamic Route Setting, at Three Bridges Rail Operating Centre. This technology will allow better management of the network and help operators deliver reliable journeys to passengers.
Trackguard WTS, which was developed and is manufactured in the UK, uses the railway’s own IP-based network to connect objects to the interlockings and control centres, delivering safe, reliable and future-proofed journeys. Initially commissioned at London Bridge over five years ago, it has underpinned the secure and reliable train services that operate into the South of London.
Rob Morris, managing director of Siemens Mobility’s Rail Infrastructure business in the UK, said: “Having already delivered phases one and two of the Victoria upgrade programme, we are delighted to now be working with Network Rail and our supply chain partners on this next phase.
“Our UK-based teams will be working across a wide range of disciplines, with work having already begun on detailed design and enabling work.”