The Norwegian railway authority, Bane NOR, awarded Alstom a EUR 150 million contract to equip the entire Norwegian railway fleet with the ERTMS on-board train control solution and to maintain the system for up to 25 years.
Under the contract, Alstom will deliver and install its on-board solution on 467 trains of 55 different types, owned by 14 different railway vehicle owners negotiated by Bane NOR on behalf of the participating companies. Alstom will to install its solution in 2021 and the first trains are planned to start operation on Norwegian lines in 2022. The entire Norwegian fleet is to be equipped before September 2026.
The solution offered is based on Alstom’s Atlas range of ERTMS solutions and features a dual system enabling the trains to run on legacy lines equipped with ATC-2 system, whilst being also able to run on lines newly equipped with the ERTMS Level 2 system. The design and software minimise the equipment in the dual system by sharing some on-board components, namely the balise antenna and the computer. Design will be led by Alstom’s ERTMS centre of excellence in Charleroi, Belgium, in close collaboration with the project office in Oslo, Norway, and the hardware development centre in Villeurbanne, France.
“Awarding the contracts for on-board equipment on the trains is a significant and important step forward in the digitalization of Norwegian railways. We strongly believe in Alstom’s ability to develop good solutions together with us for the benefit of the railways, the train companies and the passengers,” Sverre Kjenne Executive Vice President Digitalization and Technology at Bane NOR said.