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’.

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.

How far can ERTMS go?

What’s the greatest distance between ERTMS installations? Purely in the interests of research, and with help from www.ertms.net, we think it’s from Spain (Madrid to Valladolid) to Auckland, New Zealand – a distance of approximately 19,588km or 12,172 miles.

In railway terms, that equates to 49,715 Eurostar trains coupled nose to nose, with a total capacity of 37,286,802 passengers… more than enough for the combined populations of New Zealand and Australia to each have a seat.

A New Zealand commuter train

New Zealand commuter train in Auckland, 1999. Credit: Paul Bigland