Leyland is supplying a digital radio system to the West Midlands tram community

The new radio system, developed and installed by Leyland-based TES Communication Solutions, is part of the £ 1.3 billion upgrade to the West Midlands Metro and will improve voice and data capabilities for the current and future network.

Wesley Shilton, Director of TES said, “We worked closely with the West Midlands Combined Authority team to design and develop a wireless network that we know is proven but tailored to their specific needs.

“This type of system is now functional and future-proof for large regional operations like the West Midlands Metro.

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“This is a huge improvement on the system and means we can offer additional coverage geographically as the network expands to meet its needs in the West Midlands.

“In the event of a major incident, this dedicated system can work independently and enable the independent use of public telephone and radio networks.”

TES Communication Solutions radio systems have been installed in transportation and infrastructure systems around the world that require dedicated communication, including Taiwan, Guatemala, Manchester Metrolink, Blackpool Transport, UBS Bank and Astra Zeneca.

In the coming years, the network in the West Midlands will triple with additional trams, upgrades to depot maintenance facilities and the operations control center of the network for Transport For West Midlands, which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

The upgrade and expansion program includes a range of control, communication and passenger information systems that support and maintain the smooth operation of the tram.

They provide the West Midlands Metro with the ability to monitor tram movements and passengers.

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