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Boosting London Underground Infrastructure

Chosen for our extensive experience within the rail sector, in particular, our knowledge of London Underground infrastructure, Met SYSTEMS was able to seamlessly integrate as part of a much larger project to deliver a number of enhancements to this vast, complex development.

Earls Court Station Met SYSTEMS

The Challenge

CAPCO, a well known London land developer, acquired considerable land between West Brompton and Earls Court stations, including the Earls Court Exhibition centres.Both centres were demolished to make way for residential development and regeneration of the area.As the main exhibition hall used to span the West London Line and London Underground’s District Line, considerable rail development was necessary.Radio communications, signalling, power lines and civil engineering elements had to be altered, redesigned and relocated, to allow for the development to occur.Crucial to the success of the project was the need for a deep understanding of the rail infrastructure in the immediate vicinity.

Earls Court Station Met SYSTEMS

The Solution

With our extensive experience in the rail industry and in particular, London Underground, ideally placed to provide the required consultancy and project management. Being particularly well positioned to provide perspective on this, and the wider project, Met Systems not only has the LU/ Rail expertise but has particular knowledge and understanding of the rail infrastructure in the local and immediate vicinity due to a number of previously completed projects on the local LU infrastructure (eg District Line Control Room & White City - Westfield Redevelopment Projects).

We redesigned, engineered and implemented new radio systems (CSR and GSM-R). Considerable modifications were needed to the comms design to ensure the radio signal would permeate beyond what would be the new development above ground level. This included the positioning of additional repeaters and relocation of key infrastructure. As a live communication system, these works had to be completed without any disruption to the existing train/ underground services. Substantial relocation of cable and troughing and 11k power lines was also necessary to make way for the planned development.

Such complicated processes involving the many stakeholders required our continual guidance and discussion to ensure project success. Bringing the many aspects of what we do, from consultancy, project management as well as our engineering and implementation and assurance prowess, was key to achieving this success.


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