Alstom to deliver signalling systems in Greece

Thessaloniki – Idomeni railway Ergose, a subsidiary of the Greek national railway company OSE, awarded Alstom in consortium with Avax a EUR 41 million contract for the modernisation of Thessaloniki – Idomeni railway, in Northern Greece.

The project includes signalling, some electrification and track renewal along 70 km of existing single line of mainline section.

Under the project, Alstom will be responsible for the development, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of the ETCS Level 1 trackside solution Atlas 100, electronic interlocking technology – Smartlock 400 + MooN, replacement of indoor and outdoor equipment which includes axle counters, points machines, signals. The company will also install the digital railway traffic control solution Iconis in Thessaloniki, the country’s largest and most important railway hub.

The modernised line will allow passenger trains to circulate at a maximum speed of 160km/h. The project duration is three years for execution and another three years for guarantee.

The project is part of Greece ongoing projects to modernise and develop its rail network which is included into the Patras – Athens – Thessaloniki – Eidomeni / Promachonas axis (PATHE/P rail route) which envisages the establishment of a rail route wllowing electric trains to run at high speeds due to modern signalling systems and interoperability.

OSE’s investment programme which is implemented by Ergose covers the completion of the installation of signalling and telecommunication systems on the in the PATHE/P railway axis as well as the construction of Polikastro – Eidomeni section which is a new deviation on the Thessaloniki-Eidomeni line. The 21 km long Polikastro – Eidomeni railway, the project also includes electrification works and the installation of signalling and telecommunications, the construction of the new Polykastro station and the Mikro Dassos stop, as well as upgrading of the exiting Eidomeni RS.

The Thessaloniki – Idomeni railway line is part of the Pan-European Corridor X, connecting Thessaloniki to Budapest, passing through Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary, which is considered one of the main freight corridors in Central and Eastern Europe.

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