London Waterloo Station
Wessex Capacity Alliance – London Waterloo and Outlying Rail Systems
Infobric UK Ltd have been chosen as the preferred delivery partner for access control by the Wessex Capacity Alliance. This is a rail infrastructure project over 4 years and is currently the largest construction project in the UK with a value of £452 million (over 5 billion SEK). The project is an alliance comprising of Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Colas, Mott Macdonald, Aecom and Network Rail. The aim of the project is to increase the capacity of the rail system out of London Waterloo by increasing the number of trains from 12 per hour to 20 per hour. Waterloo and the outlying stations will also have to handle longer trains, which means extending some of the platforms. Not an easy task as one of the busiest stations in Europe must remain fully open and functioning during the construction phase. The key to delivering the project is the regeneration of the old London Waterloo International Terminal (WIT) which closed in 2004 when Eurostar moved to St Pancras station. The aim is to have WIT fully functional by September 2017 so that the main station at Waterloo can be shut down for 6 weeks while the platform extensions take place.
Skanska requested that the access control package was delivered & invoiced directly by Infobric UK Ltd, the first time we have done this. Infobric’s wireless hardware solutions suited the project requirements perfectly, as the whole project will comprise of multiple sites, which stretch from London Waterloo to cover an area of approximately 40km². As part of the delivery package Infobric had to integrate Network Rails Sentinel (Personal Track Safety) Card into our systems, the Team in Jonkoping delivered this solution within two weeks.
As we speak, the project currently comprises of four sites, Spectre House, WIT Construction Site, WIT Site Office and Queens Town Road. There are currently 22 live devices on these projects, both card and biometric controlled, including the MCR610 machine controller to control and monitor the sites own JLG boom lift. Even though most of the devices are located underground, only a couple required Ethernet connection, the rest picked up a signal through their SIM cards.
The site uses every piece of hardware we produce and they have pushed us to come up with innovative solutions to support this large project which will have over 4000 workers at its peak. We have used the ATM520 (offline) to disable a door system during the day so visitors can pass through without a card. We have produced mobile fire muster points for evacuation, so that instead of trying to call a roll for such a large number of people, they just swipe their card on the muster point and the Fire Marshall watches the site being cleared through Ease on his iPad or phone.