Siemens wins Edinburgh tram extension contract


Siemens Mobility is to supply ‘a broad range’ of intelligent infrastructure solutions for the City of Edinburgh Council’s Trams to Newhaven project.

It has been awarded a contract covering electrification, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), telecoms and tram and road traffic signalling.

A tram at lights on the existing route

A council spokesperson told Transport Network that because the contract is a sub-contract, it was unable to disclose its value.

Siemens will be working in partnership with the main contractor, a joint venture between Sacryr, Farrans and Neopul, on the 2.9 mile (4.69 km) route connecting Leith and Newhaven to the end of the current line at York Place.

The new double track line will include eight stops, with two substations providing the traction power for the whole route extension.

William Wilson, CEO of Siemens Mobility Limited, said: ‘The project demonstrates our ability to deliver an integrated range of intelligent infrastructure solutions from across our rail infrastructure and intelligent traffic systems product portfolios.’

Building on the work it delivered for the first phase of the network, Siemens will be extending the electrification, SCADA, telecoms and signalling systems, as well as installing new and modifying existingtraffic signals at 30 road intersections along the route, using extra-low voltage controllers and tram signals.

These are not only linked to the city’s traffic control facilities but also to the signal technology of the trams, enabling priority to be provided to trams at junctions on the network.

The council’s transport and environment convener, Cllr Lesley Macinnes, said: ‘This major project will bring significant benefits to the city, providing sustainable, efficient transport and opening the area up for economic development.

‘We look forward to seeing Siemens Mobility deliver essential components of the infrastructure.’


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