Thales: 57,5 mln maintenance contract Madrid-Sevilla
Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex, France – The Spanish rail infrastructure administrator (ADIF) has awarded Thales a contract worth 57.5 million euros for the maintenance of traffic control installations on the Madrid-Seville high-speed line and the La Sagra-Toledo section.
The four-year contract covers high-technology equipment including the Thales LZB automatic train control system, in service on the Madrid-Seville line since 1992, as well as the LZB and ERTMS/ETCS* systems installed on the Madrid-Toledo line. Trains reach speeds of 300 km/h onthe Madrid-Seville line and 250 km/h on the La Sagra-Toledo section.
In total, Thales will provide maintenance for 1,030 km of line, the Madrid Atocha traffic control centre, 13 electronic interlocking systems, more than 3,500 trackside equipment items, power supply equipment and auxiliary systems.
This service package will enable ADIF to reduce maintenance costs, improve reliability and increase availability, particularly as RENFE, Spain’s national railway operator, is committed to refund the ticket price for passengers subject to delays of more than five minutes on the Madrid-Seville line.
This maintenance confirms the trust that the Spanish rail administration places in Thales and its expertise in rail safety and security. It adds to a list of several completed and ongoing rail signalling projects in Spain. Thales is involved in the Madrid-Seville line, Madrid-Saragossa-Lleida line (fixed telecommunications), Lleida-Barcelona line, Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid line, Córdoba-Málaga line and the Atlantic Axis high-speed lines.
*ERTMS: European Rail Traffic Management System ; ETCS: European Train Control System
ADIF (Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias) is a public management company established by the Railway Sector Law that came into effect in Spain on 1 January 2005. ADIF’s mission includes the management of rail traffic, administration of rail infrastructure, construction of specific rail infrastructure as instructed by the Spanish government and collection of fees for rail network use.
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