Alstom/Thales win €330m HK CBTC deal

A consortium of Alstom and Thales has won a €330 million contract from MTR Corporation, Hong Kong, to resignal seven metro lines with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling.

The companies will provide Automatic Train Supervision, interlocking and Automatic Train Control in the control centre, trains and station. Thales’ SelTrac CBTC system will be installed, reflecting its role as technical lead in the partnership, while Alstom is responsible for project management and supply of remote trackside equipment controllers.

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.

Thales wins major Indian ETCS deal

Southern Railway, India, has selected Thales to install European Train Control System Level 1 signalling on a 66km stretch of line between Basin Bridge and Arakkonam. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

ETCS is known in India as Train Protection and Warning System (not to be confused with the UK system, which is older and less capable), and this contract is the latest step in large-scale efforts to modernise the country’s heavily used railway network,

Thales will design, supply, install and commission lineside equipment, as well as guaranteeing compatibiltiy with onboard units, which are supplied by another company. Its Managing Director for India, Eric Lenseigne, says: “This contract, which will increase the efficiency and operational safety of this stretch, further cements our position in the Indian transportation market. As a trusted partner, we will continue to accompany the development of India’s transport infrastructure.”



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.

Thales breaks into Japanese CBTC market

Thales is the first foreign company to enter the Japanese signalling market after winning a new contract to develop a Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) system for JR East’s 30km Ayase-Toride ‘Joban’ line.

JR East's Joban line is set to be upgraded by Thales in a groundbreaking new deal.

JR East’s Joban line is set to be upgraded by Thales in a groundbreaking new deal.

The route has 14 stations and uses 70 trains and Thales is set to replace the existing automatic train control system with its latest technology. Eliminating track circuits is a key aim for JR East, and Thales’s CBTC systems promise to require less lineside equipment and cut maintenance requirements. Outside Japan, Thales CBTC equipment operates on more than 1300km of track, carrying around three billion passengers per year.

Announcing the deal, Thales Country Director Jean-Louis Moraud said: “With this contract Thales becomes the first non-Japanese company to enter the Japanese signalling market, via the city of Tokyo, home to the world’s busiest railway network. Thales is pleased to bring its latest signalling technology and experience in urban rail systems modernisation to a country that already benefits from great advances in the transport sector.”

Japan seeks foreign CBTC advice

This from our friends at International Railway Journal… is this the first case of Japanese Railways seeking foreign companies to provide signalling advice? Either way, the march of CBTC for commuter rail networks seems relentless, to the benefit of passengers and railways alike…

JR East in talks over Tokyo CBTC Project

ALSTOM and Thales have been selected by JR East to negotiate a contract to install communications-based train control (CBTC) on the Ayase – Toride Joban Local suburban line in Tokyo with a view to awarding a contract to one of the companies in December. JR East plans to introduce CBTC on the line in about 2020.

JR East says it wants to “drastically change and improve” its Tokyo suburban network through “innovations that incorporate a conceptual breakthrough and are completely free from conventional ways of thinking.” JR East says is keen to achieve innovations in technology, by eliminating track circuits and reducing the number of cables, as well as operational innovations such as bi-directional running. JR East started the tender process in June 2012, and the following month received expressions of interest from 10 manufacturers in both Japan and overseas, which were then invited to submit proposals by the end of October.

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.