Thales and Siemens to provide rail safety and traffic control technologies on the Olmedo-Ourense high-speed line

The board of directors of Adif Alta Velocidad has awarded the pro­ject to the two companies for an amount of 512 million euros.

The signalling, railway traffic con­trol and automatic train protection systems guarantee the safety of the line, passengers, rolling stock and railway facilities.
Adif has awarded the joint ven­ture (55/45) formed by Thales Es­paña and Siemens Rail Automa­tion a contract for the installation of traffic control, automatic train protection, telecommunications and safety technologies on the Olmedo-Ourense high-speed line section, as well as for maintenance over a 20-year period. The amount of the contract is 512 million euros.

Thales is to install the ERTMS lev­el 2 automatic train protection system,wayside LED light signals, axle counters for safe train de­tection, wheel sensors and land­line telecommunications systems. Thales will also be responsible for installing new state-of-the-art elec­tronic interlockings at several sta­tions on the Medina del Campo-Zamora-Ourense conventional line affected by the work on the high-speed line.

The company will also provide all GSM-R mobile communications systems, power supply for the fa­cilities, auxiliary detection systems, equipment buildings and auxiliary building work.

Siemens, for its part, is to install its safety solution based on electronic interlockings and associated tech­nologies, with the ASFA system, centralised traffic control, supply of balises, track circuits, video sur­veillance systems and access con­trol. This 331 km section will ben­efit from ERTMS level 2 standard allowing a maximum speed of 350 km/h and reducing the journey to 2 hours. In 2018, it will provide a high-speed railway link between Ourense in Galicia and Olmedo near Valladolid. The Madrid-Vall­adolid section came into service in December 2007,forming the first leg of the Madrid-Galicia high-speed line, and in December 2011 passenger operations began on the Ourense-Santiago de Compostela-A Coruña section. The Olmedo-Ourense section will complete this Spain’s main high-speed corridors – the North-Northwest line – and will link the regions of Galicia, As­turias, Cantabria, Castilla León and Madrid.

Thales and Siemens have exten­sive experience in Spain and other countries, with railway safety sys­tems on high-speed and conven­tional lines. The two firms have jointly carried out projects on vari­ous Spanish high-speed lines.

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