Switzerland’s national operator, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), has signed an agreement worth around £14 million (€18 million) with Alstom to upgrade the on-board European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) control systems across its entire Astoro fleet. The deal, which includes work on SBB’s 19 Pendolino tilting high-speed trains will equip the fleet with ATLAS ETCS Level 2 baseline 3 – the newest application of the communication-based train control system, said Alstom.
As a result of the technological upgrade, SBB’s trains will be able to operate under this new ETCS baseline 3 system in four of the countries it serves: Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Austria. The signalling project is also the first to be approved by the European Union Agency for Railways.
Leading the project will be Alstom’s signalling teams based that are based in the Italian cities of Bologna and Florence. Another of the train company’s sites, Savigliano near to Turin, will also play a part in the upgrading of the SBB (@RailService) trains, while Alstom teams in Neuhausen in Switzerland will be in charge of customer management.
According to the company, @Alstom has been awarded contracts in 23 countries and was also the first company to equip a high-speed line, connecting Rome with Naples. The company announced in April this year that it had entered into a £280m (€330m) agreement with Trenitalia to supply 54 trains to Italy. That news came six months after it created what was named a “merger of equals” – combining Siemens’ mobility business with Alstom that would generate expected annual revenues of more than £400m (€470m) within four years.
Speaking on the signing of the Siemens Alstom deal, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, chairman and CEO of Alstom, said it represented an important milestone. “Both companies are working diligently and in a very good spirit to progress towards closing. These first nominations illustrate the companies’ commitment to balance in the governance of the future company,” said Poupart-Lafarge.
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