Alstom has won a €22.3m two-year contract from Turkish State Railways (TCDD) to service and maintain its fleet of 12 six-car high-speed trains.
The 250km/h trains, built by CAF, have been in operation on the 245km Ankara – Eskisehir and 310km Ankara – Konya routes since 2009.
The trains are expected to cover 10 million kilometres over the contract period of two years, with maintenance work set to be carried out at TCDD’s depot in Ankara.
Alstom will be responsible for providing preventative and corrective maintenance, daily internal and external cleaning, heavier maintenance tasks and any repairs of damage during operation.
Alstom Transport Turkey managing director Arda Inanc said that the company has executed several projects with TCDD since it entered Turkey around 60 years ago.
"Yet this contract is unique as this is the first one for high-speed trains maintenance," Inanc said.
The company has carried out extensive work on Turkey’s railway infrastructure, including the provision of rolling stock, infrastructure, information systems, services and turnkey solutions.
In September 2012, TCDD awarded a contract to Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Thales Spain to upgrade its global system for mobile communications-railway (GSM-R) infrastructure for the Eskisehir to Ankara high-speed rail line.
Image: Alstom will provide maintenance for TCDD’s fleet of 12 six-car high-speed trains operating on the Ankara – Eskisehir and Ankara – Konya routes. Photo: courtesy of Ym1965.