A recent project undertaken by Weidmüller and Thales has been shortlisted for the UK Rail Industry Awards in the Outstanding Projects worth over £20m category. The Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) Project for London Underground Limited, and the innovative way in which it has been handled, impressed the judges, securing Weidmüller and Thales a much-coveted place amongst the finalists. The black-tie award ceremony will take place at the Battersea Evolution in London on 22nd March, 2018.
Now in its fifth year, the UK Rail Industry Awards bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail industry for the sector’s biggest and most prestigious celebration. The event recognises the hard work and achievement from the dedicated organisations, teams and individuals working tirelessly to deliver an efficient and robust rail network, which continues to be one of the safest in Europe.
The 4LM project, which has provided Weidmüller and Thales with its route to the finals, is currently the largest railway signalling upgrade project in the world. It entails installing new signalling systems on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, which between them account for 40% of London Underground’s traffic. The main objectives of the project are to make the system safer and more reliable and to increase the number of trains per hour that can run on these four lines, providing a 33% expansion in peak passenger carrying capacity. The project involves five complex rail junctions, 113 stations and 119 trains.
For the 4LM project, Weidmüller supplied Thales with in excess of 3,000 enclosures. Based on standard products, these were customised to meet London Underground’s exacting requirements, an approach that provided an excellent technical solution along with competitive pricing and guaranteed product availability. An additional benefit was that Weidmüller was able to test and certify the customised enclosures in its own in-house test facility, thereby eliminating the delays associated with using an external test house.
London Underground passengers will begin to see the benefits of 4LM project at the end of 2019, when the new signalling systems on the Circle line will go live. The full benefits will become apparent in 2023 when the final stages of the project are completed. This is all thanks to the high reliability of Thales SelTrac signalling systems and the exceptional protection afforded to key elements of the new signalling installation by Weidmüller enclosures.
In addition to being amongst the finalists, Weidmuller is also showing its support for the rail sector by sponsoring the Design Innovation category of the awards.
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