ABB wins $145 million order to upgrade Britain's rail network

ZURICH, March 17 Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:55am EDT

ZURICH, March 17 (Reuters) - Swiss engineering group ABB said it and its consortium partner UK Power Networks have won an order worth $145 million to upgrade Britain's rail network in southern England and Wales.

The order is for the turnkey delivery of more than 30 new traction substations and is the first sizeable electrification project to be undertaken by Network Rail in over 30 years, ABB said.

The upgrade should help make services more reliable, reduce noise emissions from the railway and increase the frequency of trains, it added.

The first substation is expected to be commissioned in 2015 and the project should be completed in 2017, ABB said. (Reporting by Caroline Copley)

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