TIN news: A consortium consisting of Thales España and Siemens Rail Automation has received a €512m contract from Adif Alta Velocidad to modernise the control, signalling and safety equipment on the Olmedo-Ourense high-speed line section in Spain.
Under this contract, the consortium will install traffic control, automatic train protection, telecommunications and safety technologies and also maintain the section for more than 20 years.
Thales will be responsible for the installation of the ERTMS level 2 automatic train protection system, wayside LED light signals, axle counters for safe train detection, wheel sensors and landline telecommunications systems.
"The 2,600km-long Spanish high-speed railway network is said to be the largest in Europe."
Alstom will equip the line with interlocking, the ASFA associated train control system, central control technology, balises, track circuits, video monitoring and access control systems.
As part of the contract, Thales will also install electronic interlockings at various stations on the Medina del Campo-Zamora-Ourense conventional line.
The 2,600km-long Spanish high-speed railway network is said to be the largest in Europe.
In 2007, the line started operation with the opening of Madrid-Valladolid section.
With the installation of ERTMS level 2 system, this 331km-long section will offer a maximum speed of 350km/h and also minimise the journey to two hours.
By 2018, this section will be the high-speed railway link between Ourense in Galicia and Olmedo near Valladolid.