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Siemens to supply Crossrail with control and communications systems

21 March 2013  •  Author: Siemens

Siemens has been selected to supply the operational control and communications systems for Crossrail’s 21 kilometer long tunnels and nine new central stations. Crossrail will link suburban routes to the east and west of London, providing more effective travel across the London for an estimated 750,000 daily commuters. Crossrail Limited has placed an order with Siemens worth approximately 43 million GBP. Commissioning of the overall line is scheduled for the end of 2018.

For the route’s central section, control room and selected stations, the Siemens technologies deployed will provide an integrated station management, line management, security and information systems and SCADA systems. Siemens will provide multiple communications technologies including; Data Net-work/Optical Fibre Network, Private Mobile Radio (PMR) Radiating Infrastructure, GSM-R/Airwave/LFEPA Ch5 Radio Systems and Public Cellular Radio Radiating Infrastructure.

Gordon Wakeford, Managing Director Infrastructure & Cities Sector UK said: “We are very delighted to be selected for the Crossrail Control and Communications Contract. Crossrail is a prestigious infrastructure project for London and the UK. We will deliver integrated control system technology, which will allow passengers to reap the benefits of the new line in a safe, secure and well informed manner. Our Siemens technologies have an excellent pedigree having previously been deployed in and around the London rail network and are thus proven to provide benefits to both passengers and rail operators. This contract award, coupled with the previous award of the Crossrail central section signaling and control equipment contract to the Siemens Invensys consortium, demonstrates our commitment to investing in UK jobs and industry”.

Siemens will develop and deliver the product portfolio for this contract with Crossrail from its international technical centre in Ashby de la Zouch, Great Britain. Additional jobs will be created by Siemens as a result of the Crossrail Control and Communications Systems contract.

Beneath the centre of London the 21 kilometer long rail tunnel will constitute a twintrack east-west connection, linking the Great Western Main Line at its present terminus, Paddington, with the Great Eastern Main Line at Stratford. The tunnel is the centerpiece of the London Crossrail project which will comprise a 118 kilometer long line from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. When Crossrail opens, up to 24 trains per hour are scheduled to travel along the core section, with an estimated 200 million passengers per year.

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