The contract – C620 contract – covers the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a train control system for Crossrail’s central section.
Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “Crossrail is now in a position to award the main signalling contract, which is the first of our railway systems contracts. Crossrail will operate up to 24 trains per hour during the peak between Whitechapel and Paddington. The new signalling system will incorporate Automatic Train Operation to support the delivery of a high-frequency metro service and will also be capable of enhancement to 30 trains per hour through the central section at a later date.”
The new signalling system will be installed along the Crossrail route between Portobello Junction (west of Paddington) on the Great Western Main Line, Pudding Mill Lane Junction on the Great Eastern Main Line in the east and Abbey Wood in the southeast.
Siemens and Invensys Rail initially pitched for the contract in competition but joined forces during the bid process.