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.