Alstom-Bombardier-Indra consortium wins Spanish HSR signalling contract

Spanish track authority ADIF has awarded a €410 million contract to supply and maintain European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2 signalling on the new North-West high-speed line to a consortium of Alstom, Bombardier and Indra.

The contract, whose maintenance element lasts for 20 years, covers the 310km of new high-speed railway from Valladolid to Leon, and Venta de Banos to Burgos. The consortium is responsible for design, procurement, installation and commissioning of the signalling, fixed and GSM-R telecommunications, Automatic Train Protection, centralised traffic control, security, and infrastructure for trains and mobile telephone operators.

It will be Spain’s second ERTMS Level 2 installation without ERTMS Level 1 backup, which Alstom claims offers a ‘significant reduction in the initial cost of civil works’.

Siemens and Bombardier upgrade New York commuter lines

A consortium of Siemens Rail Automation and Bombardier Transportation is to develop, test and commission Positive Train Control (PTC) signalling on the USA’s busiest two commuter railways in a contract worth USD 428 million if all options are exercised.

Long Island Railroad has just finished restoring Queens Village station - but its signalling is set for a far more radical makeover. Credit: MTA Long Island Railroad

Long Island Railroad has just finished restoring Queens Village station – but its signalling is set for a far more radical makeover. Credit: MTA Long Island Railroad

Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) awarded the deal for the upgrade of the North Railroad and Long Island Railroad in New York State with completion scheduled for 2019. In common with other PTC systems, the installation will see trains monitored extensively to prevent overspeeding and passing signals at danger. It also offers a significant potential increase in network capacity over the 1100 track-km long routes.

Bombardier will be responsible for system integration, project management and design, and supply control centre subsystems while Siemens is responsible for onboard equipment and modification of existing signalling equipment.

Norway launches first ERTMS pilot scheme

Our friends at International Railway Journal report that Bombardier is to install Norway’s first two European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) installations on 20km of the Ski-Sarpsburg line between Iske and Rakkestad.

The section has been chosen, according to IRJ, because it has just two passing loops between seven stations and 14 level crossings, presenting a significant operational challenge for ERTMS to pass before wider deployment in Norway.

Just two passing loops between seven stations will present Norway's first ERTMS installation with a significant operational challenge.

Just two passing loops between seven stations will present Norway’s first ERTMS installation with a significant operational challenge.

Most of Norwegian track authority Janbaneverket’s level crossings are on private roads and do not have barriers, potentially removing one of the current challenges of remotely operated crossings – obstacle detection.

Subject to successful completion of the trial – which will use two trains – it is hoped to roll out ERTMS to the entire Ski-Sarpsburg line by the end of 2015.

Rail market “set for growth”, says Bombardier

Despite the continuing global financial uncertainty, Bombardier says it is confident that the overall rail market will continue to grow.

Speaking at the company’s keynote press conference at InnoTrans, Bombardier President Andre Navarri said: “The trends for the rail market are strong. Road congestion is now driving rail growth, and… although obtaining finance is not getting easier given the demand we are confident a solution will be found.

The company believes that North America offers significant opportunities for growth, particularly in the light rail and inter-city passenger sectors. Major investment in capacity at its Plattsburgh, USA plant worth €20 million is set to consolidate Bombardier’s position in the rolling stock market.

In terms of signalling, Bombardier is promoting its Cityflo 650 solution, which is claimed to have the potential to increase metro capacity by up to 30%. Driverless monorail and metro systems are also becoming increasingly important, says Mr Navarri.

Gearing up for InnoTrans

Crowds at InnoTrans 2010

InnoTrans 2012 is set to be the biggest and most spectacular rail exhibition yet.

With less than a week to go the whole world’s rail industry is gearing up for InnoTrans in Berlin, and signalling and train control are set to play a major part in the show.

As ERTMS/ETCS and Positive Train Control are now at a much greater level of technical maturity than even at 2010’s exhibition, it seems likely that the focus of signalling and train control suppliers will be on incremental improvements to existing product ranges, and on their mix of services. We can also expect progress on the latest and most challenging metro, conventional and high-speed rail projects to play a major part in company presentations.

As one would expect, the world’s major companies are there – including sponsor Invensys Rail – all showcasing their latest developments. A larger than ever array of Asian exhibitors will be there too, capitalising on the strong growth in rail services across the continent. will be blogging live from InnoTrans throughout the show to highlight the best in signalling technologies: keep abreast of developments via the webpage, or our twitter feed at railsignals.