Case Study Telecoms

Edinburgh Gateway - CCTV, LLPA, PHP, CIS, IDA, SCS and LAN/WAN systems

Edinburgh Gateway is located nine kilometres to the west of Edinburgh and 4.8km from Edinburgh International Airport. It is part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), a major Scottish transport project involving infrastructure improvements and the electrification of most railway lines between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Gateway is a new interchange hub proving joined up transfers from the ScotRail network directly onto Edinburgh Trams for travel to Edinburgh Airport. The station comprises two 265-metre platforms that can accommodate 10-coach trains and a 1,500 square-metre floor area.

The unitary authority overseeing the project is the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC). Balfour Beatty led the overarching contract to build the new Edinburgh Gateway station, with design of the project undertaken by built environment consultants. L.B. Foster worked with a specialist sub-contractor on the mechanical and electrical engineering fit-out.


The scope of the telecommunications and safety works that we undertook at Edinburgh Gateway included a combination of our integrated telecoms and safety solutions:

  • CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) to provide coverage via fixed and PTZ CCTV cameras installed across the station areas, platforms, car park, underpass and VCB area.
  • LLPA (Long Line Public Address) to provide sound coverage via speakers, PA arrays, PA Amplifiers, PA Audio Frequency Induction Loops (PA-AFIL), and Dynamic Ambient Noise Sensors for all public areas including platforms, station areas and VCB area.
  • PHP (Passenger Help Point) installed across the station concourse, platforms and VCB area.
  • CIS (Customer Information Systems) including Summary of Departures (SOD), Summary of Arrivals (SOA), Next Train Indicators (NTI) in the station concourse, platforms and VCB area.
  • IDA (Intruder Detection Alarm) at station entrances and back of the house access areas.
  • SCS (Structured Cabling System) to support the LAN system. This includes the provision of data points and CAT-6 cables for automatic ticket gates, ticket vending machines, the STAR system, passive provision for Tram Display and Telephony services.
  • LAN/WAN (Local Area Network/Wide Area Network) systems to provide IP connectivity to the above systems. The CIS displays display Next Train Information (NTI), Summary of Arrivals (SoA) and Summary of Departures (SoD) displays.

”This is a flagship infrastructure project for Edinburgh. It’s part of our wider plan to integrate transport across the city and surrounding region. The L.B. Foster team became an important and integral part of the overall delivery, always going the extra mile when required. Their ability to adapt and design solutions to suit contributed greatly to what is a fantastic new facility for the city.”

City of Edinburgh Council
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