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Platform lengthening works on Overground awarded


Cleshar has been appointed to lengthen station platforms on the London


Overground network,


boosting capacity to meet a predicted rise in demand of 40% by 2021.


TfL awarded the contract as part of


the £370m capacity improvement programme to accommodate fi ve carriage trains to run on the East London and South London routes.


Platform lengthening will take place


at Highbury & Islington, Canonbury, Hoxton, Haggerston,


Dalston Junction, Shoreditch, Shadwell,


Wapping, Canada


Water, Surrey Quays, Wandsworth High Street, Clapham High Street and Clapham Junction.


TfL’s director of rail, Jonathan Fox, said: “Although not yet six years old, London Overground must continue to grow its capacity.


“It’s hugely popular, with passenger numbers increasing by 87 million in its fi rst four years of existence.


“While that rate will slow, we must still be ready to provide for the 810,000 new residents who will come to London by 2021.


“We are pleased to be working with Cleshar on this crucial project and these upgrade works will be completed with the absolute minimum of disruption to services.”


IEP braking contract goes to Knorr-Bremse


Knorr-Bremse has won a contract to supply the braking system for the new Hitachi Class 800 trains, to be used as part of the IEP programme.The deal should help secure years of work and jobs at the company’s facility in Wiltshire. New train cars will be constructed at Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe factory and go into operation in 2017 on the Great Western Main Line and the year after on the ECML. The braking system will include brake control, bogie equipment and an air supply system.


Paul Goodhand, MD of Knorr- Bremse Rail Systems UK, said: “We are committed and indeed look forward to supporting Hitachi Rail Europe in their UK manufacturing efforts, not only on the initial supply and commissioning of the brake system on this exciting new train,


but also on providing


support through its entire life cycle, some 28 years into the future.”


10 | rail technology magazine Aug/Sep 13


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