11/10/2010 AT 07:07
The first contract, worth approximately €4 million, covers the provision of both new and upgraded signalling, operational telecommunications and power supplies to increase capacity in the signalling system around the area of West Ham station, London. The works are currently in progress with final commissioning scheduled for May 2011. This signalling modernisation project will facilitate passenger journeys to the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympics.
The second contract, worth over €25 million, is for the detailed design, construction, testing and commissioning of signalling equipment and power-related elements of the Bletchley re-modelling project on the West Coast Main Line. The works will commence shortly with the final commissioning scheduled for December 2012.
This second signalling modernisation project will raise the current speed from 175 km/h to 200 km/h on one of the high speed lines through the Bletchley station section and provides greater route diversity for train operations. In addition, the project will facilitate the replacement of the life expired signalling equipment and power distribution system in the area. The interlocking control will be provided by a Smartlock platform housed in the signalling control centre at Rugby.
Alstom and Virgin Trains have unveiled a new look for one of the fifty-two high-speed tilting Pendolino trains serving the West Coast Main Line.
From the winter mists of Germany, where it has been taking part in a series of dynamic tests since July, to the sunshine of Morocco, where it was presented at the end of 2009, the Prima is out in all weathers.
Virgin Trains' West Coast rail franchise has just recorded its best ever train performance. In the four weeks ending 17 October 93.4 percent of trains arrived on time at their destination, beating the previous record of 91.3 percent in May 2006.
A Virgin Trains' Pendolino tilting train, designed, built and maintained by Alstom, has become the first of the 52-strong fleet to clock up a million-and-a-half miles.
Alstom has developed a new train for the UK from its X`Trapolis product platform, based on the success of fleets in Australia, Chile and Spain and incorporating technology used in the company's very high speed trains.
More train services on the west coast main line and the prospect of longer trains in the near future has prompted Network Rail to invest £15m in brand new facilities at the Traincare Centre in Edge Hill, Liverpool.