Malaysian signalling deal for Invensys

Invensys Rail has secured a key role in a major enhancement of Malaysia's rail network, by delivering the new signalling system for the Seremban to Gemas route double tracking project.

The company will supply its Westrace electronic interlockings and other advanced signalling and control technologies.

The route from Seremban to the junction with the main north-south railway and the East Coast Line at Gemas is being comprehensively upgraded by Indian construction company Ircon. In the process, it will also be electrified for operation at speeds of up to 160km/h. The project is jointly funded by the Indian and Malaysian governments.

Invensys Rail was selected through an international competitive bidding process to supply the signalling solution for the 100km route, including the signalling of five new stations and one existing station.

The signalling contract, which is worth approximately £27m, will also see a train control system installed to link with state owned railway KTMB's existing train control centre at Kuala Lumpur Sentral. The overall project will be completed in 27 months but Invensys Rail will complete the first phase of the re-signalling in just 10 months.

Charles Page (Invensys Rail - Regional Business Development Director) said: "We are delighted to be working with Ircon to deliver this major enhancement to the Malaysian rail network. The project is an excellent match to both our delivery capabilities and our technology. Westrace has already been thoroughly proven in the challenging conditions of the region. We are looking forward to bringing the benefits of higher speeds and greater capacity to this crucial section of Malaysia's railway network."

Invensys Rail has undertaken a number of previous projects in Malaysia, including installations at North Butterworth and the Token Block Working Project. Projects in progress include the Sentul-Batu Caves and Johor Bahru Sentral upgrades.

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