Network Rail Infrastructure has selected Invensys Rail to undertake the design and delivery of one of Britain’s biggest ever resignalling schemes at London Bridge station and on the approaching railway.
Invensys is the first of three delivery partners with whom Network Rail will form the London Bridge Area Partnership to undertake the reconstruction of the entire station and railway infrastructure at London Bridge.
Network Rail said the scheme is the “most complex and ambitious” of its type specified by Network Rail. Invensys will provide the detailed design, installation, testing and commissioning of signalling and telecoms systems, including new automatic train operation technology under European Train Control System protocols to deliver 24 trains per hour in each direction on the Thameslink core route at completion of the programme in December 2018.
The Thameslink Programme reaches a key milestone in December 2011, when the first 12-car trains begin to run through central London.
The transformation of London Bridge station, and associated railway work, will get underway fully in 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. It will be the final piece of the Thameslink programme which will enable the frequency of trains to increase from 16 to 24 per hour.