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Panels on Tyne and Wear Metro

A case study of new fire alarm panels on the Tyne and Wear Metro system.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, upgraded fire panels at 50 places, including 21 stations and at other parts of its infrastructure including relay rooms, vent shafts and other operational buildings. Many of the busiest sub-surface Metro stations in the centre of Newcastle and Gateshead were part of the install, including Haymarket, pictured.

The project was part of a £389m modernisation, which involves the refurbishment of stations, trains, and other key infrastructure over 11 years. The fire panels are manufacturer Advanced’s MxPro 5 models, compatible with multiple external components, the product firm says.

The contract for the installation was awarded to the north east electrical contractor Veale Nixon, who selected The Dante Group to supply and commission the fire alarms. As Advanced partners The Dante Group selected the MxPro 5. That product can be used in single loop, single panel format or configured into 200 panel networks covering tens of thousands of field devices. The panels installed in the metro stations vary from two loop to four loop panels depending on the size station and report to a BMS/ Graphics systems via IP.

Neil Corney, Director of Dante Group, said: “We have worked with Advanced on numerous projects in the past and zero hesitation in selecting an Advanced network for the installation on the Tyne and Wear Metro. We needed a cutting edge system to protect a transport system that is used by thousands of people every day and the Advanced panels give the option to expand and enhance in the future.”

Advanced says that the MxPro 5 panels installed at the Tyne and Wear Metro are among its best performing fire systems and one of the few available approved to EN54 Parts 2, 4 and 13.

Neil Parkin, Advanced’s sales manager for the North, said: “The Tyne and Wear Metro system is an excellent example of how our systems can be adapted to differing sizes and types of building, with installations ranging from small local station to the multi-platform subterranean interchange at Monument, in central Newcastle.”



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