Alcatel has been awarded 450 million Euros by Tube Lines, the company responsible for the upgrading and maintenance of segments of the London underground, to re-signal Jubilee and Northern Lines with SelTrac, its communications-based train control technology.
This contract, which will last over the next seven and a half years, includes an option to re-signal the Piccadilly Line.
According to a statement, Alcatel’s signalling equipment installation should be implemented by 2009 on the Jubilee line and by 2011 on the Northern line.
New equipment on both lines – comprising 63 trains, 27 stations on 37 km for the Jubilee Line and 106 trains, 50 stations on 58 km for the Northern line – will be installed and commissioned successively in sections before the old signalling system is disabled and removed.
‘Today’s announcement is tremendous news for the 900,000 people who every day rely on the Jubilee and Northern lines and who deserve a service that is reliable and efficient,’ said Tube Lines Chief Executive Terry Morgan. ‘This project will enable a 20% improvement to the capability of the Jubilee and Northern lines leading to a more frequent and less crowded service.’