Alstom wins ETCS contracts in Czechia

ČD-Telematika and Alstom signed two agreements covering the supply of the ETCS Level 2 for 7 Pendolino vehicles of the Line 680 and for 66 electric vehicles of the Line 471.

Both agreements commit Alstom to deliver ETCS system, including the design and implementation of the solution. The ETCS system will be supplemented by national functionalities to allow trains operation in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia.

“ČD – Telematika is one of the leaders in the field of retrofitting driving vehicles with the European Train Control System ETCS. We are really pleased to join forces with the leading ETCS supplier, Alstom, for the retrofitting of two of ČD’s major series, namely the 680 Pendolino and the 471 series known as CityElefant,” Jan Hobza, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ČD – Telematika said.

The European Train Control System Level 2 allows for a continuous digital radio communication with train movements based on signalling block occupation detection by the trackside system. It provides the highest safety protection and allows for network capacity increase when deployed without lineside signals or with lineside signals cancellation. Originally designed to harmonise cross-border rail traffic, ETCS Level 2 increases the speed, punctuality and capacity of trains in total safety. The most advanced version of Level 2 (Baseline 3) features optimised braking curves for maximised operational performance and increased passenger comfort. This version also enhances odometric performance, enabling drivers to select the appropriate speed in strict compliance with SIL4, the highest level of safety under EN 50129.

Alstom Group’s signalling facility in Charleroi, global centre of excellence, will be responsible for the engineering of the various signalling systems and for the delivery of the on-board equipment. Alstom will also provide maintenance for a 10-year period, including spare parts and repairs.

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