by Keri Allan
31 Mar 2022
Network Rail has awarded Alstom the contract to deliver Phase 5 of the London Victoria Re-signalling Programme.
This is a four-year package of upgrades to modernise track and signalling going into London Victoria station. Current infrastructure dates back to the 1980s.
This contract, valued at 69 million GBP (81.47m euros | 90.68m USD), forms part of the Major Signalling Framework Agreement (MSFA) for the Southern Region, which Alstom won in 2020.
Over the next three years the rail manufacturer will provide new signalling, infrastructure and control technology ready for Phase 5 to go live in December 2024.
Network Rail’s Three Bridges Rail Operating Centre (ROC) will control 302 new signal equivalent units (SEUs), 494 new axle counters and 82 new Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) units linked by 86,500 metres of signalling cable.
The updated technology will particularly benefit passenger and freight services between Battersea, Brixton, Herne Hill and the Catford loop by improving service reliability.
Phase 5 follows on from the 37m GBP (43.69m euros | 48.62m USD) Phase 4, which also saw Alstom and Network Rail work together.
“The award of this GRIP 5-8 contract for Victoria Phase 5, the next major phase of the wider Victoria Area Re-signalling Programme, marks both end and beginning chapters of an enormous effort by the joint Network Rail and Alstom teams.
“Since the teams formed for the delivery of the GRIP 4 contract, they have been on a collective journey of discovery. This has focused on safe-by-design, safe delivery principles and this has been delivered throughout within a culture established to promote a collaborative working environment.
“I look forward to continuing to be a part of these shared successes and to further witness the teams continual growth and development, with the ultimate goal of celebrating the benefits the passengers will see upon completion of the scheme early in 2025.”
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