Network Rail has awarded engineering firm Atkins a contract to upgrade the signalling capability in the South of Cornwall.
The contract is worth around £9 million and will improve local connectivity and enable one extra train per hour between Plymouth and Penzance.
The British firm will be responsible for upgrading the signalling system between Truro and St Erth, from the design stage through to its construction, installation, testing, commissioning and entry into service.
Network Rail programme manager Richard Evans said that the work will enable more frequent services from late 2018 onwards.
Atkins senior transport manager Stephen Mills added, ‘A range of in-house disciplines will be deployed, including signalling and telecommunications, power supplies, permanent way and civil engineering services, to implement 12 new signals and upgrade seven level crossings.’