Network Rail and Alstom Sign Electrification Equipment Contract

Network Rail and Alstom have signed a two-year framework contract for the supply of single insulated cantilevers.

These cantilevers, which are part of the equipment to hold up overhead lines, will contribute to efforts to decarbonise the railways.

The contract would entail the use of Alstom’s ‘CLever’ cantilevers on Network Rail electrification projects. The cantilever, designed for mainline installation, is a cost-effective solution that is quick to install, says Alstom.

Alstom’s Centre of Excellence for electrification products in Lecco, Italy, has developed the CLever range for use in Great Britain. Key benefits are its minimised maintenance requirements and enhanced reliability.

The CLever will come pre-assembled. They are modular and adjustable in nature. Because of this, on-site installation can be completed in just five minutes. Furthermore, the lightweight nature of the solution and the ease of configuration mean the safety of the installation process is improved when working at height.

Alstom’s Lecce site also supplied much of the electrification equipment used for installing the railway systems in London’s Crossrail tunnels.

Stephen Cox, Engineering and Technical Director, Alstom UK & Ireland, said:

“As a global leader in electrification, Alstom takes pride in our electrification innovations that help the efficient delivery of electrification projects up and down the country. Drawing upon our experience in Europe, our CLevers can play a vital role in decarbonising the UK’s rail network not only through electrification but also through being designed and manufactured to be recyclable. We are delighted Network Rail has given us this opportunity to bring the CLevers to the network and we look forward to working with them to deliver a greener railway.”

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