Henry Williams shapes up for Olympic rail upgrade contract

HENRY WILLIAMS LIMITED, of Darlington, has won a contract providing power distribution equipment during a major upgrade of a key rail route for the 2012 Olympics.

It is supplying 81 Function Supply Points (FSPs) as part of a £40m signalling refurbishment of the London Overground, formerly the North London Line.

The FSPs – robust 316 grade stainless steel location cabinets fitted out with power distribution equipment – will form part of a complex system ensuring a continuous power supply system for the line.

The order, awarded by signalling works contractor Atkins, is the first major success for Henry Williams’ new generation FSP, which it unveiled at the 2009 Railtex exhibition at Earls Court, London.

Sales director Steve Cotton says: “These units are becoming increasingly popular for standard power supply in new and renewal schemes, and our unique approach of not only manufacturing the FSP enclosure but also pre-fabricating it both mechanically and electrically, achieving manufacturing savings without compromising the traditional build quality, has been generating a great deal of interest.”

The London Overground project, funded by Network Rail and Transport for London, is designed to boost the line’s capacity and accommodate London 2012 visitors heading to and from the Olympic Park area in Stratford.

The FSPs are being manufactured at Henry Williams’ Dodsworth Street plant in Darlington. The company is supplying the FSPs in batches of ten and expects to complete the order by the end of October. The company will also supply twelve cable connection cabinets as part of the contract.