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Signalling upgrade will let trains run faster on WCML

Network Rail has chosen Signalling Solutions Ltd to carry out the £21 million signalling modernisation as part of the Bletchley remodelling project on Britain's West Coast Main Line.

Signalling Solutions Ltd, a 50-50 joint venture company formed by Alstom Transport and Balfour Beatty Rail, will be responsible for the detailed design, construction, testing and commissioning of signalling equipment and power-related elements of the Bletchley re-modelling. The upgrade will raise the line speed on one of the high speed lines through the Bletchley station section from the current 175km/h to 200km/h and provide greater route diversity for train operations.

In addition, the project will facilitate the replacement of the life expired signalling equipment and power distribution system in the area. The interlocking control will be provided by a Smartlock platform housed in the signalling control centre at Rugby.

The works will begin shortly with the final commissioning scheduled for December 2012.

In a separate contract, worth approximately £3.5 million, Signalling Solutions will provide both new and upgraded signalling, operational telecommunications and power supplies to increase capacity in the signalling system around the area of West Ham station, London. The works are currently in progress with final commissioning scheduled for May 2011. This signalling modernisation project will facilitate passenger journeys to the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympics.

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