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Alstom to modernize the Sillon Alpin Sud line

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Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) has awarded a contract valued at nearly €80 million to a consortium made up of Alstom Transport, Colas Rail, Setec Ferroviaire, Spie Batignolles TPCI and Nouvetra for the purpose of modernizing the “Sillon Alpin Sud” (Alpine Arc South) line. Alstom’s share amounts to €20 million. Preliminary studies for the project began in November 2011. Work on the project will begin in January 2013 and is expected to last nine months. 

Specifically, the project involves wiring the 80 km of track between Valence and Moirans with a 25 kV/50 Hz power supply; creating a substation in Perrele; adjusting the gauge of the Têche, Poliénas and Rochefort tunnels; and constructing a link between the Valence TGV station and the conventional line.

Alstom, the consortium leader, will be working with Colas Rail to install the electrification equipment. Spie Batignolles TPCI along with Nouvetra and Colas Rail will be responsible for civil engineering. Setec Ferroviaire will provide integrated project management in accordance with a design-build contractual framework.

The project will promote development of the suburban and intercity rail links between Grenoble and southern France, helping to make rail transport a more competitive option than transport by road. It will also boost freight traffic between France and Italy, from the north via the Dijon-Modane route and from the south via the Valence-Grenoble-Montmélian route.

About Alstom Transport 

A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and offers the most comprehensive range of systems, equipment and services in the rail sector. Alstom Transport manages all aspects of transport systems, including rolling stock, signalling and infrastructure, as well as offering turnkey solutions. In 2010-2011, Alstom Transport posted sales of €5.6 billion. Alstom Transport has a presence in over 60 countries and employs some 25,500 people.

With 8,500 personnel working at nine sites throughout France, Alstom Transport is the leading manufacturing company in the French rail sector and contributes to the growth of local economies, with one job at Alstom Transport creating around three jobs for its suppliers. Alstom Transport teams share their expertise with customers in both France and abroad. For example, Alstom’s La Rochelle site is currently fulfilling orders for Citadis tramways for the cities of Rotterdam, Brest, Dijon and Montpellier and very high-speed AGV trains for Italian rail operator NTV, while the Valenciennes site is working on the Paris and Amsterdam metro projects and on the Citadis Dualis tram train. The Belfort site is working on the Prima II locomotive project for Morocco.

About Alstom Transport’s infrastructure operations 

Alstom will rely on its infrastructure expertise to execute this contract. It covers electrification, installation of rail track, electromechanical systems for new rail, tram and metro lines and modernization of existing lines. Alstom has already electrified over 10,000 km of lines and installed more than 2,000 km of track. The company has been awarded major contracts for Singapore’s automatic metro, the Shi-Tai high-speed line in China and the Paris-London connection. Alstom also supplied a tram network for Bordeaux, the first city in the world to choose the APS ground-level power supply system (for a catenary-free tram), a technology that was later adopted by the cities of Reims, Angers, Orléans, Tours and Dubai.

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Karen Brouiller (Transport)
Tel. + 33 (0) 1 57 06 18 42