Telent lands Thameslink Project contract

Telent has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Network Rail to upgrade communications as part of the Thameslink Project. The company will design, install and commission an upgraded operational communications system and cable network for the impending project.

As track and stations are modernised to carry the new trains, telent will upgrade the existing datacommunications infrastructure to support a new signalling system. telent will also provide new communications facilities for operational staff and emergency services, install new trackside telephones, tunnel radio systems, and associated fibre and copper data cable networks.

“The Thameslink route is one of the busiest in the UK, and is required to remain in operation during the upgrade,” said Steve Pears, general manager of Telent’s Rail division.

The Thameslink project is designed to cater for increased commuter demand and will also benefit visitors to the Olympics. By the end of 2012, longer 12-car trains will run on the route between Bedford, Central London, and Brighton.

The route for the contract passes from Kentish Town in the North, through St Pancras International (sub-surface), Farringdon, City Thameslink and Blackfriars stations, to London Bridge, Elephant and Castle, and Herne Hill stations in the South. The major works at Blackfriars, Farringdon and Borough viaduct begin in January 2009. Work to radically overhaul the track layout to the east of London Bridge is planned to begin after the Olympics in 2012.

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