East London Line comms contract awarded

Thales UK has won the £12.3m contract to supply telecommunications services for a new railway line in London

Thales will provide the entire telecommunications infrastructure for Phase 1 of the East London Line, which is due for completion by 2010. The telecommunications support will play a key role in delivering the new service ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

Partially following the route of a former Tube Line, the ELL will eventually form part of the London Overground orbital network.

The contract, worth £12.3m, was awarded by the Balfour Beatty Carillion Joint Venture (BBC-JV), the main works contractor to Transport for London for the project. The work, which starts immediately, involves providing infrastructure between Dalston Junction in the north and New Cross Gate and New Cross in the south.

The contract includes a turnkey design and the supply of a resilient, fixed telecommunications backbone network infrastructure, comprising fibre and copper cabling networks, a synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) transmission network and high-speed wide area networks (WAN).

The network will meet the specific requirements of each station on the line, allowing remotely located operators to monitor and control individual station assets, and systems including public help points, public address, security and surveillance closed circuit television, passenger information displays and emergency systems. The work will make rail journeys easier and reduce congestion around central London stations.

Image: An artist's impression of the planned Hoxton station on the East London Line [Transport for London]

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