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Atkins wins West Midlands signalling contract

Network Rail has awarded a major signalling upgrade contract to Atkins.

The project, worth over £13 million, will see new signalling equipment designed and installed on a stretch of line between Stourbridge and Hartlebury in the West Midlands. The work forms part of Network Rail’s £350 million investment to improve operational flexibility and increase capacity in the region by renewing life expired signalling and track assets.

Atkins has been appointed as principal contractor tasked with taking the project from detailed design to final close.

Douglas McCormick, managing director of Atkins’ rail business said: “This is a multidisciplinary project which will require first class signalling design, as well as telecommunications, electrification and plant, and civil engineering expertise.

“Our involvement gives us a great opportunity to add to a comprehensive signalling portfolio which is characterised by technical excellence and intelligent engineering.”

The new signalling system, which will replace equipment dating back to the 1960s, will deliver substantial benefits for passengers and freight users across the West Midlands, increasing reliability and reducing delays. Operations will be controlled from the new state-of-the-art West Midlands Railway Signalling Control Centre at Saltley in Birmingham.

The project is due for completion in 2012.

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