Alstom wins major signaling supply contract for Network Rail

Alstom, a world leader in smart and sustainable mobility, has won a £49 million signaling contract with Network Rail for the delivery of new signalling, level crossings and other assets between Farncombe in Surrey and Petersfield in Hampshire on the London Waterloo to Portsmouth line – the Portsmouth Direct Route built over 150 years ago.

The delivery stages of the project, known as GRIP 5-8, will involve improvements to signalling, tracks and level crossings between 2022 and 2024 and will benefit passengers traveling on the line between Woking and Portsmouth. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, around 40,000 passengers used the line every day, making it one of the busiest suburban routes in the country.

The Farncombe project in Petersfield will provide much needed technological improvements. By replacing outdated equipment with the latest Alstom technology, passengers will benefit from greater reliability, and Network Rail will benefit from better asset performance, resilience and much safer access for rail workers. way. In partnership with Network Rail, Alstom and its supply chain, the project will renew assets and add digital-ready technologies, including:

  • Crossing upgrades for increased safety and reliability: Nine crossings replaced, including five existing automatic half-barrier crossings upgraded to full barrier control, plus three pedestrian crossings installed with stop lights and object controllers;
  • Signaling control of the area transferred from three local signaling booths to Network Rail’s Basingstoke rail operations center, using Alstom’s MCS “Infinity” remote signaling control and definition technology automatic route MAR-S;
  • Alstom’s Smartlock digital locks increase reliability, performance and capacity;
  • Track circuits replaced by axle counters; offering 50% energy savings across the entire project area and improved safety for wayside maintenance personnel.

The project is part of the Major Signaling Framework Agreement (MSFA) for the southern region which Alstom won in 2020. Alstom works with Network Rail as a ‘Customer Excellence Team’ to safely meet Network Rail commitments towards passengers and freight users. Alstom is working closely with its supply chain to improve future work pipeline visibility and recruit new apprentices in a range of technical and project management roles for a diverse and sustainable workforce.

Jason Baldock, Alstom Managing Director, Digital & Integrated Solutions, said: “In keeping with our shared commitment to working collaboratively as ‘one team’ with our supply chain and the Network Rail Southern team, we are in an ideal position to provide a more reliable railway. for passengers on the key road from Farncombe to Petersfield. By combining automation with Alstom’s latest digital technology, we will reduce operating costs, increase efficiency and improve safety for wayside workers.

Nick Higgins, Senior Program Manager for Network Rail, said: “This contract marks a significant step forward for our work on directly upgrading Portsmouth, which means our passengers will have more reliable journeys. It has been a collaborative effort between the Network Rail and Alstom teams who have worked together to get us to this point and we look forward to further success as we deliver this important project.

Alice F. Ponder