Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Bombardier wins Spanish signaling contract

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Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday it has been awarded an order to install its Interflo 200 mainline signaling technology on the Albacete-to-LaEncina section of the Madrid-Valencia-Alicante line in the Castilla la Mancha region of Spain.

The contract, valued at approximately $53 million, is the highest value contract ever signed with ADIF, the Spanish rail infrastructure administrator, Bombardier said. The contract also strengthens Bombardier’s Rail Control Solutions activity in the Iberian peninsula; Bombardier notes its technology has been selected by metro operators in Madrid, Seville, Bilbao, Barcelona, and Porto.

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Bombardier says Interflo 200 signaling is typically used for busy, mainline networks, allowing reduced headways and higher safety levels.  Interflo 200 can complement a national automatic train protection (ATP) system and can later be upgraded to European Rail Traffic Management system (ERTMS) operation. Bombardier says Interflo 200 hasbeen installed extensively across the world in Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Thailand.

Bombardier will upgrade signaling along approximately 90 kilometers (56 miles). The scope will include Bombardier’s globally installed EBI Lock 950 computer-based interlocking (CBI), EBI Screen local control center, and EBI track train detection systems, as well as modification of existing systems, equipment, and structures. Implementation is expected to take one year.

Anders Lindberg, president, Rail Control Solutions, Bombardier Transportation, said, “We are very pleased to be awarded this major new contract for our INTERFLO 200 solution. With this system already well-proven in Spain, this order is further testimony to the customer’s confidence in our technology.”