A consortium of rail giants Bombardier, Alstom and Indra has won the contract to supply signalling systems and maintenance services for the new high-speed section of the Madrid-Lisbon railway corridor in Spain’s Extremadura region. A long-time leader in high-speed rail, the Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) network serves more than 30 cities throughout Spain, with over 3,000 kilometres of track making it the second longest H-S network in the world, behind only that of China. The consortium will deliver the design, procurement, installation, testing and commissioning of the signalling and communication systems on the line. This includes installing European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2 on the 164 km Plasencia-Cáceres and Cáceres-Badajoz sections of the line.
This Spanish high-speed rail project contract awarded by Spain’s Administrator of Railway Infrastructure (ADIF) has a total value of approximately 164 million euro ($185 million US). Bombardier’s share is valued at approximately 77 million euro ($86 million US); Alstom’s share is valued at approximately 62 million euro ($70 million US), and Indra’s share is approximately 25 million euro ($28 million US).
The Bombardier-led consortium also gains a 20 year maintenance regime to commence at the end of phase one of the signalling system delivery. Bombardier will implement its proven, radio-based BOMBARDIER INTERFLO 450 ERTMS Level 2 solution for the entire line. Alstom is responsible for the electronic interlocking system and will supply the reliable and proven Smartlock 300 solution, and Indra will implement the Spanish automatic train protection (ASFA) system.
Indra has developed its own high-end technology for the railway sector, and has completed major international projects. The DaVinci system, developed in collaboration with Adif, has become the most advanced rail traffic management platform in the world. Indra is also committed to continued investment in innovation, as shown by the development of the innovative technological platform for rail security, InVITALRAIL. The system features cutting-edge hardware, combined with on-track and on-board systems compliant with Spain's digital ASFA and Europe's level 2 ERTMS standards.
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