A big name consortium has come together to install the more commonly known as ERTMS, on Spain’s Atlantic coast. Work is now underway on ERTMS, the train command and control system adopted by the European Union to be outfitted on all European new lines. The objective for the roll-out of it is to ensure that rail signalling and communications between the track and on-board train equipment is compatible throughout Europe. This will then help to enable railway traffic interoperability among the various EU states. The Level 1 version of ERTMS is now being installed on the La Coruña-Santiago and Santiago-Vigo rail lines.
Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF), the Spanish state owned company with the responsibility for the management of most of the country’s rail infrastructure including signalling awarded the contract to a consortium composed of Alstom, Siemens Rail Automation and CAF Signalling.
The contract is worth a total of €63.2 million to the consortium which is made up of leading companies in the Spanish railway signalling, control and telecommunications sectors, with extensive experience carrying out projects on high-speed lines as well as conventional and suburban lines.
In addition to the installation of the safety and traffic control system the consortium will also maintain it for 20 years.
Alstom will install its Atlas 100 solution, for ERTMS level 1 between Redondela and Villagarcía de Arousa (35 kilometres of dual track) on the Vigo-Santiago high-speed section of the Atlantic Corridor. This link has Alstom Smartlock interlockings. The company will also install an ERTMS control centre with Atlas technology.
Siemens employs around 3,400 staff in Spain, and boasts centre of global excellence in which it innovates, manufactures and exports, such as Cornellà (rail line materials), Getafe (portable radio-diagnostic equipment) or Rubí (electrical materials). Siemens will install its Trainguard Futur 1300 for Level 1 ERTMS on the Vilagarcía de Arousa - Santiago - Cerceda link, where the interlockings use Siemens Trackguard Westrace technology; and on the Cerceda - La Coruña link. Siemens will also install two new ERTMS control centres with Trainguard Futur technology to control the Atlantic Corridor train protection systems.
CAF Signalling is a technological subsidiary of the CAF Group and employs 7,500 people in Spain, with production plants in Beasain. Zaragoza, Irún, Castejón and Linares. CAF is the main supplier of RENFE, Spanish National Railways Network, providing trains and services to metros, tram-trains and trains to the main cities of the country.CAF Signalling will install its Level 1 ERTMS AURIGA system on the Vigo-Urzaiz - Redondela high-speed link, which currently uses electronic interlocking with QUASAR S3e CAF Signalling technology.
Each member of the Consortium will install its ERTMS system on connections where they have previously installed signalling technologies.
Maximising capacity & performance with ERTMS is a key topic at SmartRail Europe (Amsterdam, 19-20 April 2016) with speakers including Javier Goikoetxea (Technical Leader of the Roll2Rail Initiative, CAF) and Alfonso Díez Pérez, Director of Maintenance and Operations, Administrador de Infraestructuras, ADIF) amongst the speakers. Click the button for more...
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