Invensys Rail successfully commissions Leicester Relock project

Posted by Barry Pearson on April 3, 2013  |   Comments Off on Invensys Rail successfully commissions Leicester Relock project

Despite severe weather which brought blizzards, freezing temperatures and 30mph arctic winds, Invensys Rail successfully and safely commissioned the Leicester Relock project on 24 March 2013 at 01:23am after a 48 hour possession.

The project involved the replacement of the existing remote relay interlocking at the Leicester relay room with a WESTLOCK computer-based interlocking, located in the East Midlands Control Centre at Derby.

Completed in just eleven months from start to finish, the tight timescale became even more challenging with a major change made midway through the programme to address the unforeseen complexities of the fringe interlocking arrangements at Syston and Wigston.

Commenting on the project, Chris Potts, Invensys Rail’s Senior Project Manager said: “Successfully commissioning the Leicester Relock in such a short timescale and in such atrocious weather conditions was a great testament to the expertise, dedication and commitment of everyone involved. The whole project was characterised by an excellent collaborative approach, with the Invensys Rail and Network Rail project teams and the Signalling Design Group working extremely closely to deliver such a successful outcome”.

Martin Frobisher, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “This is a multi-million pound project which will provide passengers with a more reliable and efficient railway around Leicester. This weekend’s work was completed in freezing conditions but the team successfully completed the work to allow services to run as normal on Monday morning.

“This isn’t the end of the story for Leicester – remodelling of the track layout outside Leicester to allow freight to travel on the route without conflicting with passenger services is also planned.”