Siemens Commissions Huyton to Roby Resignalling Works

Posted by Barry Pearson on July 23, 2014  |   Comments Off on Siemens Commissions Huyton to Roby Resignalling Works

Following a nine day blockade, Siemens Rail Automation successfully commissioned the Huyton to Roby resignalling scheme at 03:08 on 14 July 2014, the first programme to be delivered under the new Network Rail Type 1 Framework Contract.

The work forms part of Network Rail’s northern hub plan to deliver faster, more frequent services across the north and to improve capacity on the railway between Manchester and Liverpool. This work has increased the number of tracks at Huyton and Roby from two to three – enabling faster trains to overtake local stopping services and freight trains, allowing more passenger trains to travel on the line and improving connections between key towns and cities across the North West.

The scope of Siemens’ work included the installation of the company’s Trackguard WESTLOCK central interlocking processor and two trackside interface cubicles, as well as extensive infrastructure changes, which saw 10 filament signals converted to LED units, the renewal of 29 location cases and 23 signal structures (including the installation of new lightweight signals) and the provision of three new relocatable equipment buildings.

The programme also saw the installation of a Siemens Controlguide WESTCAD control system in the newly-constructed Manchester Rail Operating Centre, representing the first stage in the broader project to transfer all signalling control in the North West area to this centre, as well as substantial immunisation works as part of the North West electrification programme.

Commenting on the works, Siemens’ Project Director, Douglas Lee said: “A scheme of this scale and complexity would typically be delivered over an 18 month period; however given some challenging timescales, the combined Network Rail and Siemens project team delivered it in just eight months from contract award. This was only possible due to the extremely close and collaborative working relationship that existed within the wider project team and the tremendous efforts of everyone involved.”