MONTREAL – Quebec-based SNC-Lavalin has announced it’s been awarded a £23 million contract by rail infrastructure owner Network Rail to deliver the final phase of a major resignalling program in the United Kingdom.
The deal is worth about $37 million in Canadian dollars.
The £190 million Feltham to Wokingham resignalling scheme, just outside London, covers 80 miles of railway and 500 separate pieces of outdated signalling equipment which is being replaced as part of a program to install digital signalling and train control through the UK’s entire network, stated a release.
SNC-Lavalin has previously been involved in the Feltham to Wokingham program, including the 2019 commissioning of phase one, which used the first digitally enabled interlocking system of its kind, and will now design, test and install new signalling equipment for the fifth and final stage which is scheduled to be commissioned in April 2024.
The Feltham Area Signalling Centre and Wokingham Signal Box jointly covers 80 miles of railway and 500 separate pieces of signalling equipment, on key areas of the South Western Railway network including Feltham, Hounslow, Shepperton, Twickenham, Windsor & Eton Riverside and Wokingham.
The existing equipment, such as signals, the traffic light system for the railway, and track circuits, which tell signallers where trains are on the network, dates back to 1974 and is becoming hard to maintain, Network Rail stated.
SNC-Lavalin is also the Railway Systems Integration Partner for the £350m East Coast Digital Programme, which will be the UK’s first intercity digital railway.
“As a market leader in U.K. transport infrastructure, we combine traditional engineering with new technologies to deliver better outcomes for our clients and their customers,” stated Ian Edwards, president and CEO of SNC-Lavalin, in a statement. “Rail signalling is a huge part of this success story which is now seeing us work alongside Network Rail to drive forward a new era of increased capacity, fewer delays and enhanced safety across the UK’s railways.”