Siemens opens new traffic service operation in London
Traffic technology supplier Siemens officially opens a new regional traffic service operation in London today solely dedicated to contracts in the capital placed with Siemens by Transport for London (TfL). The brand new depot in Enfield, one of 20 facilities around the country, is a strategic move by Siemens to manage all London activities from one location including two Traffic Control Maintenance Services contracts and the new Detection and Enforcement Infrastructure (D&EI) contract for TfL.
Gordon Wakeford, Head of Siemens’ Mobility Division in the UK, said: ‘Major investment in a new facility and new employees demonstrates our long-term commitment to a valued customer and will enable the team of dedicated technicians and customer support engineers to meet all operational requirements across London, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.’ Around 40 new positions have been created in London including 34 based in Enfield.
Opening the new regional depot, Dana Skelley, Director of Asset Management at TfL, said: ‘London is world-leading when it comes to traffic management and this new facility will allow Siemens to ensure that this remains the case for many years to come. We look forward to continue working closely with Siemens to improve and innovate traffic technology across London and keep motorists, cyclists and pedestrians safe and on the move.’
The new Enfield Traffic Depot accommodates over thirty management and support staff for both contracts, supporting a team of around 50 field staff. With additional training facilities for both Siemens and TfL staff and testing facilities for both traffic signals and ANPR equipment, the new facility also includes a full warehouse operation for local stocking of traffic equipment and spares enabling a swift response to all TfL requirements across London.
Awarded by TfL in 2014, the Traffic Control Maintenance Services contracts require Siemens to install and maintain traffic signals in the North and North-east London regions including upgrading traffic signals to the latest, energy-saving technology, as well as expanding the use of intelligent traffic signals and new crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.
Commencing 2015 for the next 5 years, the D&EI contract includes the replacement, support, maintenance and operation of instation systems and services including business continuity services for monitoring the capital’s traffic as part of TfL’s Low Emission Zone and Congestion Charging schemes.