Italian railway network Gruppo FS has awarded a €34m contract to an Alstom-led consortium to upgrade the Milano Centrale-Milano Smistamento-Monza-Chiasso line.

The consortium also comprises M Pavani Segnalamento Ferroviario, Bitfox, Ricci; Elettri-fer and Politecnica Ingegneria ed Architettura Società Cooperativa.

Alstom’s €21m share of this contract includes installation of its Atlas 200 European Traffic Management System (ERTMS) level 2 solution, including its multistation, computerised interlocking system, Smartlock 400 GP system on the 51km line.

"Traffic management on the whole line will be easier and more efficient for the operational centre."

The line forms part of ERTMS Rhine-Alpine Corridor A between Genova and Rotterdam.

Alstom noted that it will be the first conventional line in Italy to be operated entirely under European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2.

Alstom TIS South Europe vice-president and director of the Bologna site David Cannafoglia said: "As a result of the project, which includes the installation of a new-generation product, the line’s already high level of safety will be further increased.

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"Furthermore, the ERTMS-2 system, which is being implemented on conventional lines for the first time in Italy, will facilitate the work of train drivers. Traffic management on the whole line will be easier and more efficient for the operational centre."

Work under this project is expected to be completed in two and a half years.

Following completion, the project will allow the operator to manage the circulation of trains safely and in accordance with the latest regulations governing computerised interlocking systems.

The project will be managed by Alstom’s Italian sites, the centre of excellence in Bologna and the research and development (R&D) centre in Bari, which will collaborate with Charleroi site in Belgium.

The Smartlock 400 GP computer interlocking will offer completely automated routing and direct links with point machines and signals without the need for traditional relays.

The company noted that there will be data feeds to passenger information systems and remote diagnostics to reduce maintenance costs.

Image: Alstom will install Atlas 200 ERTMS level 2 solution and Smartlock 400 GP system on the 51km line. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.