Network Rail has awarded Signalling Solutions Limited (SSL), a joint venture company of Alstom Transport and Balfour Beatty Rail a major new contract, worth approximately £21 million.
The pilot project, for which SSL set up a demonstration and testing scheme at their site in Beeston, is designed to trial a new and innovative approach to re-signalling on railways, based on modular techniques.
The modular signalling concept is an initiative launched by Network Rail to develop low-cost, efficient and easy-to-install technology that can be used to re-signal low-density, rural routes for UK railway lines.
The first railway line to be re-signalled using the new technology, will be the 53-mile long Norwich to Ely route.
Signalling Solutions employs 333 people in the UK. Almost half of these employees are located in the Midlands; 37 at Beeston, with 40 in Birmingham and 88 in Derby.
Final commissioning for the project is currently scheduled for completion in July 2012.
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 96,500 people in more than 70 countries, and had sales of over € 23 billion in 2009/10.
Alstom’s UK presence dates to 1889 with the formation of the General Electric Company Ltd, the merger of GEC and Compagnie D'Electricitie (CGE) in 1989 - to become GEC Alsthom - and the eventual formation as Alstom in 1998. Today Alstom has more than 30 key locations across the country and employs around 6,500 people. Key reference projects include the supply and maintenance of Alstom's Pendolino high speed trains for Angel Trains (operated by Virgin Trains), supply and maintenance of the fleets of London Underground trains on the Northern and Jubilee lines and the design, engineering and construction of 75% of the UK's new generation of gas fired power stations and lead partner for National Grid's South East Electricity Alliance programme.
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