Sunday, 7 October 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Countdown To The 2012 Olympics - MyTestTrack.com Helps Tube Lines Re-Signal for Olympic Success

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MyTestTrack.com – a venture by WyvernRail plc

Countdown To The 2012 Olympics

MyTestTrack.com Helps Tube Lines Re-Signal for Olympic Success

Wirksworth, 7TH October 2007: Tube Lines’ battery-electric locomotive L53 has arrived at MyTestTrack.com’s facilities in Wirksworth to kick-off an 18-month testing programme that will be a part of leading Tube Lines, the company responsible for the maintenance and upgrade of all the infrastructure on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, to increase capacity to allow for faster, more frequent and reliable services to serve London and the 2012 Olympics.

The revolutionary transmission-based train control (TBTC) system uses train and track-based sensors to detect the location of trains with higher accuracy than existing methods, leading to reduced headways which, combined with lengthened trains, will lead to an increased capacity and a reduction in journey times.

Wirksworth was selected as a test site for engineers’ trains being equipped with the new system. The TBTC signalling system was installed on the Gorsey Bank passenger line during the spring of 2007. The TBTC system is being designed and manufactured by Thales Rail Signalling Solutions Ltd under contract to Tube Lines as part of a consortium which includes Halcrow, Tube Lines and LH Group Services.

“This is a key milestone in commissioning new signalling for London’s Underground and we are delighted to be working with WyvernRail to ensure the efficient testing of our fleet of engineers’ vehicles,” said Paul Weidlich, Tube Lines’ Project Manager on the TBTC programme. “WyvernRail’s close relationship with LH Group, who are fitting the equipment, combined with their growing reputation, has given us the confidence to undertake this element of testing in Derbyshire,” he added.

Phil Tarry, WyvernRail’s director responsible for MyTestTrack.com was delighted to welcome the first locomotive to Wirksworth. “This is a great day for us all. We have been preparing to support this testing programme for nearly eighteen months and we are proud to be playing such a crucial role in enhancing our capital’s network in time for the 2012 Olympics.”

LH Group received the first vehicle, a battery-electric locomotive, at their Barton-under-Needwood works in May 2007 for fitting of the vehicle on board computer. The locomotive has now moved to Wirksworth for signalling tests and will be followed by a number of other vehicles, such as tamping machines, Schöma diesel locomotives and more battery locomotives that will all be put through their paces on the new signalling system at the test track over the next eighteen months. The plan is for each vehicle to receive up to five days of testing although this may shorten as experience of testing vehicles increases. After satisfactory tests, the vehicles will return to London.

Tube Lines employees will be based at Wirksworth when tests are conducted, to drive the various vehicles and ensure the smooth running of the project. Thales, who under their contract to Tube Lines, design and build the TBTC equipment, will be operating the dedicated test equipment at the control centre for TBTC which has been established by Wash Green Bridge in Wirksworth.

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High-quality digital images are available to download at:

http://plc.wyvernrail.co.uk/files/DSC05925.JPG

Depicts locomotive L53 shortly after arrival at MyTestTrack.com’s facilities in Wirksworth, Derbyshire

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Depicts a Schöma Diesel locomotive of the type that will be tested in Wirksworth (Image courtesy of Tube Lines)

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Depicts a battery-electric locomotive of the type that will be tested in Wirksworth (Image courtesy of Tube Lines)

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Depicts a tamping train that will be tested in Wirksworth (Image courtesy of Tube Lines)

About MyTestTrack.com:

MyTestTrack.com is a venture by WyvernRail plc. WyvernRail is reopening the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway between Duffield and Wirksworth and, in a very short time, has transformed the line from a neglected wilderness to a clear route suitable for vehicle movements throughout its length. WyvernRail is locally owned and managed with an attitude to make things work.

MyTestTrack.com offers competitively-priced service that is available at short notice to railway engineering companies for testing and training. The company offers a single point of contact, including a dedicated rail industry hotline (0870 766 2098), and a range of facilities to suit requirements, whether they be at short notice or for the long term.

Full details can be obtained from http://www.mytesttrack.com/.

About Tube Lines

On 31 December 2002, Tube Lines assumed responsibility for the maintenance and upgrade of all the infrastructure on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines as part of the largest improvement programme the Tube has ever seen. Together these lines carry 40% of Underground passengers. Tube Lines has a 30 year Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract with London Underground. The contract is output based, meaning Tube Lines is rewarded for good performance and penalised for poor performance.

Reversing the effects of decades of under-investment in the Tube is a huge task requiring an injection of resources on the scale of which the Underground has never seen before. Tube Lines is involved in a massive improvement programme, tripling investment and committing over £4.4 billion to improve the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines in the first 7½ years – the equivalent of spending almost £1.6 million per day.

Tube Lines is responsible for:

* Over 200 miles of track

* 255 trains

* 100 stations

* 2,395 bridges and structures

* 71 lifts

* 227 escalators

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