In conjunction with rail sector partners, Socomec is delivering the most advanced critical power technology in line with the unique demands of rail operating environments.

Building on its extensive experience in the European rail sector since the company’s strategic decision to invest in this market in 2011, Socomec launched a range of advanced critical power solutions earlier this year – including the IP+ UPS Rail range – specifically engineered for the unique requirements of UK rail sector, ensuring the safe, reliable and efficient operation of rail networks and infrastructure.

Andrew Wilkinson, Regional Managing Director, comments;    “Through market investigation and as part of our development work, we identified that the UK rail sector was not taking advantage of the critical power technology developments that are available in industrial and data centre applications; in many cases, there was at least a two year lag in the rail sector.  We have, therefore, developed a system specifically for UK rail applications, using our ruggedized industrial IP+ unit as a platform.  ‘’

From design and build through to installation and commissioning – as well as ongoing maintenance – Socomec has a strong track record in providing robust, efficient and complex critical power solutions for the exacting requirements of the rail sector.   Proven in the market, the latest Socomec UPS, Emergency Lighting and Power, Control and Safety technology has already been successfully deployed as part of high profile projects including the King’s Cross station re-development.  Current projects include Metrolink and London Bridge.


A well-engineered and maintained critical power system is vital to the smooth operation and safety of the Metrolink network – including rail signaling and communications equipment.  As part of a £1.4 billion expansion, Socomec UPS has been selected by Manchester’s Metrolink light railway to manage the introduction of its latest Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) technology in a major upgrade to the Metrolink critical power infrastructure.  The business has been tasked with replacing and reconfiguring nearly thirty UPS and battery systems within Stop Equipment Rooms serving key rail lines – one of the most significant developments in the network’s history. 

Socomec has worked closely with the Metrolink team in Manchester to ensure the design of its specialist equipment to match the demanding and evolving requirements of the UK’s largest light rail network; its UPS products are engineered to perform under every possible working condition.  The result is a robust, purpose-designed system that can adapt to meet Metrolink’s requirements today and in the future.

Installation partner – Sudlows’ – provided a power upgrade which when 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.

London Bridge

Emergency lighting and communications systems are vital components in any rail infrastructure, but as the fourth busiest station in the country – bringing around 50 million passengers into the city each year, London Bridge demands guaranteed performance in order to protect both passengers and staff .As part of The Thameslink Programme to increase train capacity on one of Europe’s busiest stretches of railway, London Bridge is the final link in this complex redevelopment project.  The result will include the provision of more trains to more destinations, as well as two-thirds more space for passengers.  Furthermore, the station redevelopment will help to regenerate the wider area, building on the improvement work of the London Bridge Quarter.

Socomec’s IP+ Rail  UPS has been chosen for its efficiency and reliability to support the emergency lighting and communication systems at London Bridge station; its specialist engineering teams will be installing and commissioning 17 Masterys IP+ units and 2 Delphys EM systems.

With unprecedented numbers choosing to travel by rail, the ongoing performance of installed systems is vital.  Socomec’s dedicated critical power engineering team is responsible for ensuring business continuity, optimising efficiency and guaranteeing the safe performance of the UPS and Emergency Lighting systems at key installations, including King’s Cross.

Wilkinson explains, “We understand the importance of maintaining vital equipment whilst also maintaining control of our customer’s facilities operating costs and we can create a completely customised Commissioning, Inspection and Maintenance (CIM) package for any system architecture.  High quality engineering support is a vital component in any business continuity plan and is, unfortunately, often overlooked until something goes wrong.  We believe that a holistic approach to maintenance is imperative in order to achieve the very best performance from a system as well as to make the ongoing system management as easy as possible.”

Socomec continues to  invests signiicantly in research and development  for the Rail sector and to discuss your forthcoming projects you can visit the team at Infra Rail (stand E40) from May 20th – 22nd 2014, London.

Tel; 01285 86 33 00