German transport technology manufacturer Vossloh has won a €60m contract from the French tracklayers TSO and Eurovia Travaux Ferroviaires (ETF) to supply switch systems as well as rail fastening systems for France’s South Europe Atlantic High-Speed Line (SEA HSL).
Under the deal, Vossloh Switch Systems will supply the switches between October 2014 and November 2015.
Vossloh Fastening Systems, a provider of fasteners for slab tracks on high-speed lines, will supply fasteners for high-speed ballasted tracks.
In the spring of 2012, Vossloh Fastening Systems had won a contract for supplying rail fasteners on the first North African high-speed line Tangier-Rabat-Casablanca, which will also be ballasted.
The SEA HSL project is a 303km high-speed line between Tours and Bordeaux, including about 400 bridges and 17 railway connections.
The total cost of the project is expected to be €7.8bn, which includes €6.2bn of infrastructure works and railway equipment.
The project involves the construction of crossing the regions of Centre, Poitou-Charentes and Aquitaine, and travelling through Indre-et-Loire, Vienne, Deux-Sèvres, Charente, Charente-Maritime and Gironde.
When operational, the line will have maximum travelling speeds of up to 320km/h, enabling travellers to reach Bordeaux from Paris in two hours and five minutes.
In January 2012, Arcadis had won a contract from French railway network manager Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) to design a series of design-build sub-projects for the Tours-Bordeaux SEA HSL.
The deal will see Arcadis manage the group of designers involved in the sub-projects and coordinate the final infrastructure design for two of the 15 geographical segments of the line, including a rail link of 40km.
Arcadis, which has been involved in Tours-Bordeaux SEA HSL since the basic design phase, will also handle the design of seven concrete main bridges, handle associated administrative procedures, geotechnical investigations and the execution of drawings approvals.