Network Rail assigns two contracts worth £90m


Britain’s Network Rail has assigned two separate contracts worth £90m for the final stage of the Reading and Paddington signalling system, and for the signalling power works between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington.

Alstom has received a £79m contract for the final stage of the Great Western Main Line between Reading and Paddington full re-signalling. The scope of the contract includes the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a state-of-the-art train control system.

The ongoing signalling work will enable trains on Transport for London's Elizabeth line —what Crossrail will be called from December 2018 when services start running through central London —to operate on that section of the railway along with other services on the Great Western Main Line.

Paddington and Hayes & Harlington signalling power works contract worth £11m was awarded to Amey, and will include the replacement of obsolete power supplies.

The contract will allow the system to be automatically sourced from separate supplies in the event of a power failure anywhere between two points, significantly reducing train delays and at the same time maximising reliability for trains on the approach to and from Paddington.

Network Rail’s Crossrail programme director Matthew Steele said: "This is a vital step in the delivery of a bigger, better, more reliable railway for London and the South East.

"By ensuring the new trains can run seamlessly amongst existing rail services and by building in resilience at the outset, we increase the capacity and reliability of the railway meaning that passengers benefit from quicker and easier journeys they can depend upon."

The entire route is scheduled to open in 2019.

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