Alstom has secured a contract from SNCF Réseau to develop and deploy new regulation and control systems for railway traffic in France.

The award follows a call for tenders launched in 2016 by SNCF Réseau for the design of a new operational traffic management tool.

Alstom will offer its Iconis system as part of the arrangement, which is capable of detecting conflicting movements and proposing operating strategies to avoid such issues, while also anticipating the impact of disruption.

Around 15,000km is currently managed by Alstom’s Iconis system worldwide, notably in Italy and Denmark. The system is also currently being deployed in Sweden.

Alstom’s site at Saint-Ouen will deploy Iconis to the French network.

The company will initially deploy the system on the lines connecting Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Commissioning is scheduled for 2019.

SNCF Réseau CEO Patrick Jeantet said: "This collaboration with Alstom represents an important step in the programme to modernise operational traffic management launched in early 2016.

"This programme will optimise traffic management and therefore the fluidity of railway traffic."

SNCF Réseau has launched an extensive programme in order to modernise operational traffic management, with a view to supervising train circulation both in normal conditions and during disruptions.

"Alstom is delighted to collaborate with SNCF Réseau on these major projects, which involve advanced and connected technologies for the modernisation of the network."

The programme is intended to improve traffic regularity, incident management and the information provided by rail companies.

Operational traffic management is currently organised on three levels: the national centre for traffic operations, the 21 regional operational centres and signal boxes located at the local level.

Alstom France president Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud said: "Alstom is delighted to collaborate with SNCF Réseau on these major projects, which involve advanced and connected technologies for the modernisation of the network.

"Alstom's Iconis solution will improve the punctuality of the trains on the network and ensure signalling control for even more responsiveness. It is a first in France."


Image: Alstom will implement an innovative traffic management tool on French rail networks. Photo: © Alstom / G.Fassino.