French company Alstom has won a contract from Bane NOR to install onboard train control systems in the entire Norwegian railway fleet.

The installation of the new onboard systems, which is part of the country’s national European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) roll-out, will make the Norwegian railway network more efficient and reliable. It is expected to cut down delays in train and freight services besides offering improved levels of safety.

The contract for the delivery of the equipment consists of frame contracts, which were negotiated by Bane NOR on behalf of 14 railway vehicle owners.

Under the contract, Alstom will be responsible for the installation of ERTMS and its maintenance in 467 trains of 55 different types for 25 years.

Alstom Nordics managing director Rob Whyte said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded this contract. Alstom will supply a reliable and durable on-board signalling system, providing Norway with a punctual, safe, modern and larger capacity rail system.

“The proposed solution will capture the benefits of the Norwegian government’s investment programme for passengers, local stakeholders and the diverse communities the railway serves.”

“The proposed solution will capture the benefits of the Norwegian government’s investment programme for passengers, local stakeholders and the diverse communities the railway serves.”

Based on Alstom’s Atlas range of ERTMS solutions, the new system allows the trains to run on legacy lines equipped with ATC-2 system and is also able to run on lines that are newly installed with the ERTMS Level 2 system.

The design and software minimise the equipment in the dual system since sharing some onboard components such as the balise antenna and the computer.

Serial train fittings are slated to commence in 2021 and the first trains are planned to start operations in 2022. The whole Norwegian fleet of trains will be equipped with ERTMS by September 2026.

Design work will be managed by Alstom’s ERTMS centre of excellence in Charleroi, Belgium, in association with the project office in Oslo, Norway, and the hardware development centre in Villeurbanne, France.