The Danish railway infrastructure owner Banedanmark has signed contracts with a joint venture of Thales Group, Balfour Beatty Rail (Thales-BBR) and Alstom to deliver a signalling system to the entire Fjernbane network in the country for kr5.8bn ($1bn).

Denmark’s Minister of Transport Henrik Dam Kristensen said the company’s choice of supplier for signalling on the Fjernbane marks an important step towards a modern railway in the country.

"The replacement of the old signals will facilitate a reduction in delayed trains, achieve higher speed and shorter travel time for the passengers," added Kristensen.

Furthermore, both companies have, in the agreement, committed themselves to step in and take over the other supplier’s contract, if one of the suppliers, against expectations, is not able to complete the task.

The Thales-BBR contract, worth €400m, is for the installation of advanced European signalling system on 1,200 km of rail lines across Jutland, while Alstom will replace the existing signalling system in the eastern part with Atlas, its ERTMS based signalling technology.

This contract involves the use of the Thales ETCS level two signalling system, interlocking combined with rail field equipment and a traffic management system, plus the track-side installation. The project will be carried out by Balfour Beatty Rail in Denmark, with delivery scheduled from 2014 to 2021.

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Alstom’s signalling application will be implemented on 12 intercity and regional lines in the Sealand and Fyn regions which cover half the country, with more than 510km long double-tracks, 260km single-track lines and 90 stations.

The Alstom deal covers the design, manufacturing and supply of a complete ERTMS/ETCS1 level two signalling system.

Atlas system comprises automatic train protection, a computer based automatic interlocking solution called Smartlock, Iconis, which is an integrated control centre with automatic traffic management system, automatic train supervision and supervisory control and data acquisition. The preliminary design phase will take 18 months and the first line, Roskilde-Køge-Næstved, will be delivered by 2017.