Alstom and the Turkish State Railways Administration (TCDD) have completed and commissioned the interlocking system between Section 1 and 5 on the Eskisehir-Kutahya-Balikesir railway line.

The commissioning completes all interlocking system works in the first five 182km-long sections, including the completion and opening of the Telecommunications and Traffic Control Center (CTC).

However, the mainline signalling work on the 328km-long project will continue. The full line is expected to open by the end of next year.

Alstom Middle East and Turkey managing director Mama Sougoufara said: “As Alstom, we trust that we bring safer mobility solutions in Turkey with this achievement. We will continue our effort jointly with TCDD by extending the signalling system of the line with the EU Standards through the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

“Also, we elevate the safety of the line with the high safety technologies such as Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) system.”

Since the 1950s, Alstom has been associated with several railway projects in Turkey. It includes the supply of EMU Vehicles for TCDD, Kayseri Northern Pass Signalling and CTC Project, Ankara CTC Control Center Project, delivery of 80 metro train sets for Bagcilar – Olimpiyat Metro Line among others.

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