Asocierea RailWorks consortium member Alstom is set to carry out a series of signalling and electrification works worth roughly €40m along the Ilteu-Gurasada rail subsection in Romania.

An agreement related to the project was recently signed between the Asocierea RailWorks consortium and Romania’s national operator of railway infrastructure, CFR.

"Alstom teams are going to implement ERTMS Level 2 signalling systems, including GSM-R and electronic interlocking, as well as electrification, feed lines and traction substation on this rail subsection."

The consortium also consists of two additional companies, Aktor and Arcada.

Alstom is currently due to complete the rail project by December 2020.

The rail subsection (2c), Cap Y Ilteu – Gurasada, is located on the northern branch of the Rhine-Danube Corridor and links Nuremberg-Prague-Vienna-Budapest-Curtici-Simeria-Brasov-Bucharest-Constanta.

The scope of the contract involves the modernisation of 22.34km of railway infrastructure to enable passenger trains operation at a maximum speed of 160km/h, in addition to associated civil, electrification, signalling and power supply works.

Alstom will be responsible for supplying its ATLAS 200 ERTMS Level 2 train control solution and the interlockings, as well the implementation of the GSM-R telecommunications system.

Alstom Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova general manager Gabriel Stanciu said: “This contract strengthens Alstom’s leading position on the Romanian market, both for railway signalling and electrification.

“I am very happy to see that the modernisation of Romanian railway lines progresses and Alstom continues to be actively involved in it.

“Alstom teams are going to implement ERTMS Level 2 signalling systems, including GSM-R and electronic interlocking, as well as electrification, feed lines and traction substation on this rail subsection.”

The French multinational company has maintained a presence in Romania for more than two decades.

It is currently involved in five national railway rehabilitation and modernisation projects across the country and a 15-year maintenance contract for the metro of Bucharest.