Alstom’s ERTMS/ETCS technology for the new Spanish AVE high-speed line

On Thursday July 21, an 87.25 km extension of the Spanish Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) high-speed train from Madrid to Burgos was officially inaugurated by His Majesty King Felipe VI.

This section extends the Spanish High Speed ​​Line North (LAV), contributing to the social and economic structuring of the territories it crosses. Line control is provided by European Traffic Management System / European Train Control System ERTMS / ETCS Level 2 technology provided by Alstom. This allows for increased train speeds as well as increased safety, resulting in shorter journey times and increased network capacity and frequency.

The signaling is part of a 20-year contract awarded in 2015 to a consortium between Alstom and Indra, but led by Alstom, to build and maintain the latest generation signaling and telecommunications systems on the upper Valladolid in León and Venta de Banos in Burgos. – high-speed lines.

The contract includes project design, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance for 20 years of signaling, fixed telecommunications and automatic train protection (ATP) systems, centralized traffic control ( CTC), safety equipment, Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway Communication Equipment and Infrastructure (GSM-R) for trains and operators.

The new line adds to the state-of-the-art signaling projects that Alstom has developed in Spain over the past two decades. They include the commissioning of the first ATP on the Mediterranean Corridor, a People Mover for Madrid Airport, which was the first driverless system in Spain, and the first mainline rail system operating with ERTMS Level 2 without support from level 1 in the Albacete-Alicante Corridor.

Alstom teams in Spain have also installed more than 600 on-board signaling systems on various commuter and high-speed trains.

Luciano Barbieri, MD Signaling & Infrastructure for Alstom in Spain, said:

“This project is a further step in the realization of a rail network that applies the latest advances in signaling for more efficient and sustainable mobility. Alstom’s ERTMS/ETCS technology brings significant benefits in terms of interoperability, safety, system capacity, service reliability and energy efficiency. ”

Alstom has more than 650 engineers in Spain who develop signaling solutions in two centers of excellence and test laboratories in Madrid, and project centers in Leon, Sitges and Malaga. From these facilities, Alstom develops and delivers signaling and digital mobility solutions for more than 20 countries.

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