Stockport, United Kingdom - Systems integration specialist Hima-Sella is pleased to announce the contract award by Transport for London (TfL), for a Piccadilly Line Interim Control Upgrade Project. TfL is in the process of delivering interim updates to the Piccadilly line ahead of a full upgrade in the future and these works include the relocation of the Piccadilly line service control centre. As a result, the retained communication systems need to be diverted to this location.
The contract for a complete design, build and delivery scope will see Hima-Sella relocate control using new front end solutions for the Piccadilly Line Auxiliary Communication Systems. The systems to be relocated include the Emergency Traction Current Discharge System (ETCDS or Tunnel Telephone as it is more commonly known), Traction Earth Detection (TEDs) and the Tunnel Ventilation Control System (TVS) used for the Heathrow Airport section of the line.
Using HIMA’s proven HiMatrix Safety PLC’s and Hima-Sella’s latest Tracklink® SCADA application, the system will include new Remote terminal Units (RTU) and server equipment to allow the control functions at the existing control room to be relocated to the new Service Control Centre (SCC). The SCC will be equipped with a new combined control desk and TVS Touchscreen to provide a common point of control for all systems. The new TVS SCADA system will also interface to existing TVS RTU at the fan control rooms.
As the scheme is part of the overall Piccadilly Line Interim Control Upgrade project, Hima-Sella will need to work in partnership with not only the London Underground team but also several other contractors. As the operation of the Piccadilly line needs to be maintained, the new systems will need to be commissioned for parallel running until final operational handover can take place. Once complete the redundant system elements will be removed by Hima-Sella. Commenting on the project, Hima-Sella’s Business Development Manager for rail Chris Elliott said, “Being awarded this scheme by TfL is a reflection of Hima-Sella’s expertise in the delivery of complex integration projects where elements of the existing systems need to be retained. Our suite of flexible products and the knowledge of our engineering teams continue to place us as a premier supplier to the UK rail infrastructure market”.