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Balfour JV wins £20m signalling job

9 May 12 Signalling Solutions, a joint venture of Balfour Beatty Rail and Alstom Transport, has won a £20m contract from Network Rail to resignal the Poole to Wool railway line with Smartlock interlocking technology.

Signalling Solutions Ltd (SSL) will install Alstom's Smartlock interlocking technology to replace the current electromechanical signalling on the Poole-Wool line on the southwest coast.  The main commissioning is to be completed in spring 2013.

The new Smartlock interlocking system will replace four existing mechanical signal boxes and will control their combined area from a new entrance/exit NX panel located in the Basingstoke Area Signalling Centre. The area controlled by the new system represents approximately twelve miles.

The resignalling will also enable a regular return passenger service to operate from Swanage to Wareham as well as more flexibility of train movements in the area.

Smartlock is already in service at a number of sites in the UK. SSL has installed the technology at Horsham, East Kent, Southampton and Paddington in London. It is also currently delivering projects at Norwich-Ely, Bletchley, Nottingham, and the Hertford North Integration Facility.

SSL managing director Steve McLaren said: “We look forward to executing this project and I am confident that the combination of SSL’s skills and high-performance Smartlock technology will lead to a successful project delivery.”

SSL was chosen as a preferred bidder in Network Rail’s major signalling framework agreement in January 2012.

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