Adif Alta Velocidad awarded Thales and CAF Signalling a EUR 291.5 million contract to deploy the signalling and telecommunications systems on 105 km of high-speed line and 116 km of conventional section on the Encina-Xàtiva-Valencia line.
The project on the high-speed will involve ETCS level 2 railway safety technology and automatic train protection. On the conventional line the work will cover 116 km and involve ETCS level 1 technology. State-of-the-art interlocking systems will also be installed on the new high-speed line to safeguard traffic control. Thales will also deploy telecommunications networks to support the signalling and train protection systems, along with safety systems based on CCTV and access control for equipment buildings.
The project is implemented as part of the improvements to safety, signalling and telecommunications systems on the future high-speed line that is to connect Valencia and Alicante with the link to Albacete as well as allowing a link with Murcia, providing a substantial rail service improvement to the regions of Castilla La Mancha, Valencia and Murcia.
Once the contract has been carried out, it will be possible to independently segregate freight, suburban and regional rail transport services.
The improvement work is to be carried out on both the high-speed line and the conventional line and will result in enhanced safety and shorter travel time.