Thales has received a contract from East-West Connectors to provide signalling technology for the Confederation Line Extension project in Ottawa, Canada.

East-West Connectors is building the light-rail Confederation Line extension, which is under the second stage of the O-Train.

Under the contract, Thales will provide its SelTrac Communications-based Train Control (CBTC) system for the extension.

The SelTrac CBTC system is also part of the O-Train’s stage one transportation solution.

Work includes integrating control units on board each train, installation of guideway equipment, integration within stage one operations and commissioning the system.

Thales urban rail signalling business vice-president and managing director Dominique Gaiardo said: “The stage two O-Train Confederation Line Extension project allows Thales to continue to play an important role in providing a world-class transit system to Canada’s national capital.

“Continuing our work from stage one, our local, made-in-Ontario SelTrac CBTC technology is a key part of the O-Train system, bringing to life the next important phase of Ottawa’s long-term transit vision, providing passengers with a faster, safer and greener way to commute.”

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In March, the City Council of Ottawa selected East-West Connectors, a consortium of Kiewit and Vinci, as the preferred proponent to build the Confederation Line extension.

The stage two Confederation Line extension will expand the existing 13-station line to Trim Road in the east, as well as Baseline Road and Moodie Drive to the west.

Overall, it will add 28km of rail line, 16 stations and a maintenance and storage facility to the system.

Once complete, the Confederation Line will feature 29 stations spanning a distance of 40km.