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Bill Bayliss, CEO of Optilan, Optilan, wins another multi-million pound Crossrail contract from Network Rail

  • Optilan, leading security and communications specialist, wins another multi-million-pound contract from Network Rail as part of the Crossrail project.

  • Optilan has been selected to deliver the design and installation of communications security systems at five stations  on the eastern surface route that will be part of the  Elizabeth line when it opens.

  • Optilan has already successfully delivered communications and security systems at Forest Gate, Goodmayes, Gidea Park and Harold Wood.

  • Bill Bayliss, CEO of Optilan, says: “This is a significant win for the business and shows that we are being trusted, yet again, to deliver safety-critical work on one of the major UK infrastructure projects in recent memory.”

Optilan, the leading security and communications company for the energy, infrastructure, pipeline, and rail sectors, is delighted to announce it has won another major Network Rail contract to deliver essential station system upgrades as part of the Crossrail project. Optilan has already delivered communications and security systems to four other stations: Forest Gate, Goodmayes, Gidea Park and Harold Wood.

With this latest contract, Optilan will deliver Station Information and Surveillance Systems to improve safety, security, and communications at Maryland, Manor Park, Seven Kings, Chadwell Heath, and Brentwood and driver operated cameras at Shenfield station. The new systems will ensure passengers will have access to timely and vital information.

With a strong portfolio in rail projects and a proven successful track record of working with Network Rail, Optilan is perfectly positioned to deliver on the contract.

Rail travel has been singled out by the UK Government as a key area for infrastructure investment in recent years, with both Crossrail and High Speed 2 (HS2) progressing. This is considered a major area of growth for Optilan.

Optilan is also delighted to share that it has successfully passed its Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) audit, which ensures the Company is on track to achieve its strategic Rail Plan. By maintaining accreditation status and its Principal Contractors License with Network Rail, Optilan can work and bid directly with Network Rail and the wider rail community in order to strengthen its partnership in the future.

Bill Bayliss, CEO of Optilan, says: “We are incredibly proud of our strong track record on rail projects, having delivered on Crossrail previously, as well as on the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP).”

“We have earmarked rail as a key sector of growth as businesses and individuals alike look to reduce their car travel and gradually increase their use of more environmentally friendly modes of transport, such as rail.”

About Optilan

Optilan is a leading communications and security integrator for businesses, industries and governments, specialising in the provision of bespoke telecommunications solutions for energy, critical national infrastructure, pipeline, and rail projects. Optilan offers customers tailored and innovative solutions that deliver value for money, resilience, and flexibility.

About Network Rail

Network Rail is an essential partner in the Crossrail project, and responsible for the design, development and delivery of stations and infrastructure upgrades that are on the existing network, running above ground through outer London, Berkshire and Essex. This work is being done to prepare the existing railway for the introduction of Elizabeth line services.

About the Elizabeth line

The Elizabeth line will link Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via new 21km tunnels under central London. This will increase London’s rail capacity, cut passenger journey times across the city and encourage regeneration and generate significant employment opportunities.

Optilan employs 240 people on a full-time basis in addition to field experts brought in for specific projects.

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