Invensys wins £850 million signalling contracts

Invensys Westinghouse Rail Systems has been awarded contracts worth over £850 million by Bombardier to provide signalling, train control and train supervision systems on London’s underground rail network.

Invensys Westinghouse Rail Systems Limited (WRSL), part of Invensys Rail Systems, has been awarded two London Underground signalling contracts by Bombardier Transportation, worth over £850 million. The contracts will run from 2003 to 2014.

The contracts cover the provision of signalling, train control and train supervision systems as part of a Bombardier contract with the Metronet consortium.

The Bombardier contract with Metronet encompasses rolling stock and signalling upgrade projects for Infracos BCV (Bakerloo, Central, Victoria) and SSL (Sub-Surface Lines – Hammersmith and City, District, Metropolitan and Circle Lines) under the London Underground Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme.

‘We are delighted to have secured this contract. It is probably the largest mass transit signalling and train control contract ever awarded,’ said Rick Haythornthwaite, Chief Executive of Invensys. ‘It will also mean that the London travelling public will enjoy reliability, increased train frequency and a smoother, quieter Underground system.’

Under the first contract, WRSL will design, supply, install, test and commission new signalling and train control equipment for the Victoria Line. WRSL has also been awarded a similar scope of supply for the Sub Surface Lines (SSL). Detailed design work for this contract will begin in April 2005.

The upgrade programme is planned to run through until 2014, with the first benefits starting to come through to the travelling public within the next 5 years.