French national railway operator Réseau Ferré de France has signed up Alstom to equip the French sections of two European freight corridors with the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

The integrated European control, command and signalling system will ensure the interoperability of rail traffic on two major transnational freight routes linking Antwerp-Basel/Rotterdam-Lyon and Barcelona-Lyon-Milan.

The company will provide the ERTMS Level 1 solution Atlas 100 solution for the French sections of freight corridors C linking Antwerp-Basel/Rotterdam-Lyon and D linking Barcelona-Lyon-Milan.

The system will initially be installed at two French sites Thionville-Zoufftgen and Longuyon-Mont Saint Martin, with later installations planned across the 2,000km of lines and 4,100 signals.

Configurable encoders on the lineside signals will provide ERTMS signalling information to the train board through Eurobalises located on the track.

The contract is valued at €7.5m for a period of five years.