Alstom Wins Contract to Develop Innovative ERTMS System for Spanish Railways

Alstom Wins Contract to Develop Innovative ERTMS System for Spanish Railways

(IN BRIEF) Railway infrastructure manager Adif has awarded Alstom a €13.7m contract to develop an innovative railway safety innovation project in Spain. Alstom will develop a new application of the European Traffic Management System (ERTMS) for low density lines, introducing satellite technology and public telecommunications networks. The system will be installed and tested on a pilot line of the General Interest Railway Network. This initiative, managed by Alstom’s railway safety and signalling technology centre in Madrid, will improve the quality, performance, and transport capacity of the service while reducing operating costs.

(PRESS RELEASE) SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, 4-May-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Alstom (EPA: ALO), a French multinational rolling stock manufacturer and leader in sustainable and green mobility solutions, announces that it has secured a €13.7 million contract from Adif, Spain’s railway infrastructure manager, to develop a railway safety innovation project. The project involves the development of a new European Traffic Management System (ERTMS) application designed for low density lines. The R&D&I project will introduce satellite technology and public telecommunications networks to develop a new application of the ERTMS standard for local and regional lines. The pilot line for this project will be the General Interest Railway Network’s La Asunción Universidad-Guardo section, part of the León-Aranguren metric gauge line.

“It is a great satisfaction to once again develop a pioneering project with Adif. We were already the first to implement a level 2 ERTMS system without the support of level 1 on the high-speed network, to develop the first fully automatic train in operation in Spain, to implement ERTMS technology for suburban networks and to promote the monitoring of passenger flows in urban networks through Big Data. This new project reaffirms Alstom’s position in Spain as a technological and innovative leader in rail safety and signalling,” said Leopoldo Maestu, President of Alstom Spain and Portugal.

This project will be managed by Alstom’s railway safety and signalling technology center in Madrid. The new system aims to match the safety performance of ERTMS, which is commonly used on high-speed lines, while having less on-track equipment. The system will be interoperable and homogeneous with existing solutions, allowing secondary railway lines to benefit from the advantages and functionalities of the European standard. ERTMS improves the quality and performance of the service and increases transport capacity while reducing the intervals between running trains and operating costs.

Alstom has been at the forefront of signalling innovation in Spain for over two decades, including commissioning the first ATP on the Mediterranean Corridor, the first driverless railway system at Madrid airport, and the first ERTMS level 2 without level 1 support on the Albacete-Alicante high-speed line. The company has over 650 experts for developing signalling solutions, two centres of excellence, and test laboratories in Madrid, and project management centres in Leon, Sitges, and Malaga. Alstom develops and supplies digital signage and mobility solutions for more than 20 countries.

With over 30 years of experience, Alstom is a leading supplier of onboard and on-track ERTMS/ETCS equipment. It has developed over 120 ERTMS/ETCS projects worldwide, installed 19,200 pieces of equipment, and supervised 46,000 kilometers of track.

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SOURCE: Alstom


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