Aerospace company Thales has secured a contract from Bane NOR, the Norwegian national rail administration, to provide the next-generation nationwide Traffic Management System (TMS).

The development forms part of Bane NOR’s plan to refurbish most of its signalling to European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) standards by 2034.

Thales transportation systems executive vice-president Millar Crawford said: “Thales is pleased to be chosen as the supplier of the key component in the digitalisation of the Norwegian railway.

“As a driving force of digitalisation, Thales is grateful to help Bane NOR fulfil their mission. This investment is a significant and important step towards a Norwegian railway revolution.”

“This investment is a significant and important step towards a Norwegian railway revolution.”

Under the terms of the contract, Thales will provide a solution based on its ARAMIS traffic management system to improve railway operations, safety and facilitate passenger and freight mobility across the country.

The TMS solution has been significantly improved to offer a cloud-ready platform with firm cyber-security defences and a fully adapted human machine interface.

Set to be rolled out over the next 17 years, the programme will see the replacement of three existing systems, as well as associated support, maintenance and cyber-security services.

To ensure a seamless transition to the new system, the Thales TMS is equipped with an interface that functions with the existing systems during the migration period.

Thales’s TMS manages more than 50,000 trains daily across 17 countries, including Germany, Austria, Denmark, Portugal and the UK.

The ERTMS is expected to replace the existing different national train control and command systems across the continent with a single solution to create a single European rail management system.