London Underground signs to link new radio system to O2 Airwave


London Underground signs to link new radio system to O2 Airwave

Cliff Saran

London Underground’s new Connect digital radio system is to be linked to the police and emergency services after London Underground signed a £115m contract with O2 Airwave, which manages the police network.

The linking of the networks will give the Metropolitan Police Service and other UK police forces, including British Transport Police, Airwave radio coverage at all 125 below-ground Underground stations by 2008.

Airwave will be rolled out across the Tube network on the same line-by-line basis, starting with the East London Line, where the service will go live in April 2007. It will be rolled out across the remainder of the Tube network on a line-by-line basis throughout 2007.

Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said: "The addition of the Airwave radio network to the new Connect digital radio system, currently being rolled out across the Tube network, is good news for London. It will bring added flexibility to the way that emergency services operate underground boosting the Metropolitan and City of London Police response to any incident on the Tube and providing extra reassurance to Londoners."

The deal is particularly significant as below-ground coverage failed for the emergency services when the July 7 bombing attacks hit London in 2005.

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