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Thales has signed a contract with Turkish State Railways (TCDD) to deliver signalling and telecommunication system improvements at Eskisehir station over the next year, in order to better deal with increased rail traffic.

The €10m contract forms a part of Thales’s commitment to the development of the railway market in Turkey, where it has maintained a subsidiary company since 2009, with more than 50 experts in signalling.

Under the terms of the contract, the company will install its European train control system (ETCS) Level 1 signalling technology, which already equips over 400km of Ankara-Istanbul line that currently operates at high-speed.

The contract also includes changes on the existing interlocking and centralised train control systems.

Thales was the first supplier of ETCS systems in Turkey. Thales Turkey country director Ali Serdar Baran said: "The railway signalling sector is a priority market for Thales; one where we bring the expertise and knowledge of more than 60 years of activity in the railway sector to the table.

"Our ongoing collaboration with Turkish State Railways is testament to our continued commitment to the development of the railway network in this country."

Eskisehir is one of the key stations on the Ankara-Istanbul line and connects two key cities in the country, and serves 17 million people.

Image: Eskisehir Railways Station. Photo: courtesy of Ex13.