One of the largest re-signalling schemes undertaken in the UK, the Cambridge Re-signalling project, will be supported by digital infrastructure specialists Telent for its telecommunication requirements. The project will improve the reliability of the infrastructure, providing more certainty of trains running on time. Similarly, the reduced need for maintenance will lead to reduced costs of running the railway.
Telent’s customer, Alstom, was awarded a contract in early 2022 to replace the 40-year-old signalling system which covers 125 route miles in the Cambridge area. Telent’s selection as Alstom’s telecoms partner for Cambridge builds on their experience of working with Alstom to deploy their Smart Lock solution on the Paddington to Reading (P2R) project.
The Cambridge Re-signalling Relock Control project (C3R) will deliver state of the art signalling technology resulting in improved reliability and reduced maintenance, while providing a platform ready for digital technologies including the European Train Control System (ETCS).
A key part of the project will be the renewal of the telecommunications systems throughout the area, which is expected to take up to two years. Telent has been selected as Alstom’s telecoms partner, and will undertake the surveying, designing, installation and commission of the new telecommunications components.