Alstom has been awarded a contract by Network Rail for the full re-signaling of the Great Western Main Line between Reading and Paddington in the west of London. This major contract is worth over $113 million .
Network Rail and Alstom collaborated to develop an interlocking solution based on Alstom’s Smartlock range that will be ready for ETCS installation allowing trains with ETCS capability to operate on that section of the line. The work, which includes both the renewal of the existing interlocking and some track remodeling, has already started in order to maintain the tight delivery program. They are due to reach completion by the end of 2017.
In February 2014, Alstom joint venture, ABC Electrification Ltd, had been selected as one of four suppliers to deliver a $2.7 billion electrification program, which will electrify more than 1,800 miles of Britain’s railways over the next seven years. In November 2015, Alstom was awarded a Network Rail framework agreement to design and develop European Train Control System (ETCS level 2) using Alstom’s Atlas technology, and was recently awarded a first contract to deploy ETCS trainborne solution on intercity trains.
About Smartlock 400
The latest generation in computer-based interlocking systems for station and line control, Smartlock 400 reduces operating costs through the full automation of route settings and direct links to station services such as passenger information systems. The fully integrated train detection system, direct interface with point machines and signals (no need for traditional signalling relays) and remote diagnostics help to reduce maintenance costs. Installation can be simplified due to the system’s modular architecture and extensive factory testing of the final configuration, according to the company.