Siemens consortium wins €510m Spain signalling deal

A Siemens/Thales consortium has won a €510 million contract from Spanish Track Authority ADIF to install and maintain signalling, train control and communications systems on the 340km Olmedo-Ourense high-speed line.

Siemens will provide interlockings, Spain’s ASFA train control system and control centres, with Thales supplying European Train Control System Level 2 equipment, LED colour light signals, wheel detectors and axle counters, and fixed communications equipment.

The route connects with the Madrid to Valladolid high-speed line at Olmeda and forms part of a corridor connecting Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Castile and Leon with Madrid.

Big signalling deals in Spain and Morocco

Major new signalling contracts have been signed this week, marking a real breakthrough for Spain’s CAF Signalling and the introduction of GSM-R to Morocco.

In Spain, a CAF Signalling led consortium is to install European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2 and Spanish ASFA signalling on the Tarragona to Vandellos part of the Mediterranean Corridor and the connection with the Madrid-Barcelona-Perpignan high-speed line. The contract is worth €98.6 million and also sees fixed telecommunications, centralised traffic control and other safety systems installed. A 20-year maintenance deal is also part of the contract.

In Morocco, meanwhile, state operator ONCF is about to start rolling out GSM-R with the award of a €30 million contract to a consortium of Thales, Huawei, and Italian company Imet. The consortium will install GSM-R on five routes with a combined length of 712km. The under construction Tangiers to Kenitra high-speed route is included within this.

Thales will manage the project, Huawei will provide its GSM-R and networking equipment and Imet is responsible for site design and construction.

Siemens-Thales install Automatic Train Protection on Spanish high-speed railway

A consortium of Siemens and Thales is to install signalling on Spain’s 126km high-speed railway between Antequera and Granada in a contract worth €210 million from Spanish infrastructure manager ADIF.

Siemens will supply European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 and ASFA automatic train protection systems, jointless track circuits and signals. The company will also upgrade the Cordoba to Malaga route to ETCS Level 2 as part of the project. Other equipment being installed by the consortium includes telecommunication and traffic management systems, in addition to maintenance over a 20-year period.

The new railway will enable direct connections between Granada and Malaga, Cordoba, Seville and Madrid, improving rail links in Andalusia and beyond. Both companies have extensive experience in Spain on its domestic and high-speed rail networks.

Thales and Siemens win Spanish ERTMS contract

A consortium of Thales and Siemens has won a major new contract to supply signalling and train control equipment on a 50km section of the Leon-Asturias high-speed line from Spanish track authority ADIF.

Siemens is set to supply Spain’s national standard ASFA equipment on the 50km section between La Robla and Pola de Lena to allow commercial operation of the route to begin, while Thales will provide European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2 technology to provide for operations at up to 350km/h.

Siemens and Thales both have extensive experience in Spain, with a number of high profile and successful ERTMS installations on the country’s expansive high-speed rail network.