Keeping Metrolink on track

Jul 4, 2013 | UPS & Standby Power

Socomec UPS has been selected by Metrolink RATP Dev (MRDL) to manage the introduction of its latest Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) technology in a major upgrade to the Greater Manchester Metrolink light railway critical power infrastructure.

Metrolink is currently undergoing a £1.4bn expansion and to bring the existing infrastructure in line with the technology required as part of the network’s ambitious expansion programme, Socomec has been tasked with replacing and reconfiguring nearly 30 UPS systems and battery strings within Stop Equipment Rooms serving key rail lines – one of the most significant developments in the network’s history.

Socomec regional managing director, Andrew Wilkinson, is delighted to have been awarded this important contract, commenting, “A well engineered and maintained critical power system is vital to the smooth operation and safety of the Metrolink network – including rail points, signals and telecommunications equipment. At Socomec, we design and develop solutions that match our customers’ individual needs and our UPS products are designed to assure high efficiency at full and partial load – and under every possible working condition. Over recent months, Socomec has worked closely with the team at Metrolink’s operating company, MRDL, to ensure the custom design of our specialist equipment to match the demanding and evolving requirements of the UK’s largest light rail network. The result is a robust, purpose-designed system that can adapt to meet Metrolink’s requirements today and in the future.

“Sudlows is our partner of choice for this installation because of their vast experience in the deployment of electrical engineering projects of this scale – and their particular strength in the north west. Living near Manchester I am a regular Metrolink passenger, so not only have a professional but also a personal interest in the success of this project.”

Sudlows’ power upgrade combined with next generation Socomec UPS technology will provide a resilient electrical infrstructure for the Metrolink network’s growing operational requirements, offering both a fit for purpose and sustainable solution to support Metrolink’s continued service reliability. Chris Dummett, commercial director of leading UK-based data centre and IT infrstracture specialist, Sudlows, commented, “The Metrolink contract is a brilliant win for Socomec and the fact they have chosen to partner with Sudlows for this project is a source of local pride. As a Manchester business, it’s great that we can help support the local community in ensuring that the tram network in Manchester grows to become the best in the country.”

Dummett continued, “With an established track record in deploying critical power infrastructures to both regional and national transport networks, the Metrolink project will be one of the largest deployments in this sector that we have undertaken with Socomec.”

MRDL is working closely with its client, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), who are funding the increased capacity aspect of the works that are required due to the continued upgrade and improvement of the existing Phase 1 and 2 network.

Lindsay Murphy, engineering projects manager at Metrolink RATP Dev Limited (MRDL said, “The contract was a hard fought battle but we were impressed throughout the process by both Sudlows’ and Socomec’s attention to detail, professionalism and credentials. We look forward to seeing them in action on the delivery phase of this project.”