Alstom to deliver train control solution to Danish rail network

14 March 2012 (Last Updated March 14th, 2012 18:30)

Alstom has won a €25m contract from the Danish railway infrastructure owner Banedanmark to design and test Atlas, its ERTMS/ETCS on-board level 2 solution.

Alstom has won a €25m contract from the Danish railway infrastructure owner Banedanmark to design and test Atlas, its ERTMS/ETCS on-board level 2 solution.

The Atlas system will be fitted on 789 trains, mainly non-Alstom locomotives operated by 41 operators on the Fjerbane Danish network, which consists of more than 1.962km track line and 300 stations, for a contract value up to €140m.

Alstom Transport SVP for North Europe Andreas Knitter said: "We are delighted to share once again our experience with Banedanmark after Alstom was awarded a few weeks ago with a €300m contract to replace the existing signalling system in the east region of Denmark with its trackside ERTMS solution."

"We are looking forward to pursuing this long-term partnership and to further reinforce our local presence in Denmark," Knitter said.

By using the company’s on-board solution, Banedanmark and operators will be able to increase their operational performance and also improve punctuality.

The development and deployment of the solution for the 789 trains will last for eight years, of which two years will be for the design phase.

During the design phase, teams from both companies will jointly work with Alstom site of Charleroi (Belgium), which has already delivered similar equipment in Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.

A centre of competencies in maintenance and data management service located in Copenhagen has been provided to fully industrialise the deployment process of the new on-board signalling systems.

In January 2009, the Danish Parliament decided to renew all of its railways signalling before 2021 and the new on-board ERTMS contract is part of the same €2.4bn improvement programme.

Banedanmark CEO Jesper Hansen said: "It was important to us that the solution we chose is technically modern, yet has been proven in operation."

"That is the case with the solution offered by Alstom, which was also economically attractive to us," Hansen said.

In January this year, the company won a €300m contract from Banedanmark to replace the existing signalling system in the east region of Denmark with Atlas.

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.