Thales completes North East telecommunications projects

Ahead of schedule, electronics systems company Thales has successfully completed two key telecommunications projects in the North East for Network Rail, following contract awards from Invensys Rail in 2009.

The first of these projects was the Falsgrave resignalling interlocking project, a track-renewal scheme in and around the Scarborough station area, in which Network Rail needed to rationalise and replace the various legacy signalling systems and equipment with a new system that would enable trains to enter and depart the station more efficiently.

The second project, which was undertaken on the North East coast on a 23km stretch of line between Seaton Carew and Ryhope Grange near Sunderland, involved resignalling the entire route and closing four existing signal boxes at Stranton, Clarence Road, Dawdon and Hall Deane.

New cables for power, telecomms, signalling, fibre and data were installed into buried channels along the 23km route, to ensure protectiong against vandalism and theft.