Ontario transportation agency Metrolinx has awarded a €113m contract to Alstom to provide a new computer-based integrated train control system for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton rail network in Canada.

The project, which will be carried out by Alstom’s project office in Toronto, is scheduled to be commissioned by the end of 2018.

As part of the deal, Alstom will provide its Iconis technology to integrate the customer’s rail network into a single control centre, featuring advanced traffic control and operations management functionality.

The system will give a comprehensive view of the 452km network, and support the optimisation of each train movement, as well as the management of preventive maintenance work.

"This is a continuing partnership with Metrolinx that will bring secure and efficient operations to the network."

Alstom Transport vice-president and customer director for Canada Angelo Guercioni said: "This is a continuing partnership with Metrolinx that will bring secure and efficient operations to the network."

The new deal follows the €230m contract awarded by Metrolinx to Alstom in November 2014 to equip the Union Station Rail Corridor (USRC) with a new signalling system.

Under that deal, Alstom was responsible for carrying out planning, design, manufacture, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of a new and complete modernised signalling system.

Installation of the system is expected to be completed in 2019.

Alstom will deliver a wayside signal system based on its integrated vital processor interlocking (iVPI) technology, its switch machines and all related electrical, power and communications sub-systems.

The system is expected to provide the operator better control and maintainability, in addition to maximum passenger safety and reduced maintenance costs.