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Alstom to supply its signalling system Atlas 200 for the new north-west high speed line

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An Alstom-led consortium(1) has been awarded a contract worth 410 million by ADIF(2) to supply its ERTMS(3) Level 2 signalling system and the maintenance for a period of 20 years for Spains new north-west high speed line. Alstoms share is worth around 220 million. The contract will cover 310 km of new high speed line from Valladolid to León and from Venta de Baños to Burgos.

The contract includes the project design, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the signalling, the fixed telecommunication and the Automatic Train Protection systems, the centralised traffic control (CTC), the security equipment, the mobile GSM-R communications equipment and infrastructure for trains and mobile phone operators.

This will be the second ERTMS Level 2 signalling system commissioned in Spain without ETCS(4) Level 1 backup support, after the one installed by Alstom on the Albacete-Alicante new high speed line. This configuration, made possible thanks to Alstom's technological expertise, allowed a significant reduction of the initial cost of civil works, says Antonio Moreno, Country President for Alstom in Spain.

Alstom is the world leader in ERTMS technology with contracts awarded in 23 countries covering 1,200 km and more than 4,150 trains, and has equipped six of the world's eleven high speed lines which use this technology. Alstom was also the first company to equip a very high speed line (the Rome Naples line in Italy), a cross-border high speed line (from Liege in Belgium to the German border), a higher traffic density line (Mattstetten-Rothrist in Switzerland) and a freight-only line (the Betuwe Route in the Netherlands) with this technology.

(1) The consortium is composed of: Alstom, Bombardier and Indra

(2) The Spanish railway infrastructure manager

(3) ERTMS : European Railways Traffic Management System

(4) ETCS : European Train Control System

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