Systra SWS and Systra Sotecni have been awarded a contract, as part of a consortium commissioned by Alstom, to renew the signalling systems on Naples rail network. This includes the installation of the ERTMS on the lines of Ente Autonomo Volturno (EAV), the operator of the transport network in the Campania region in southern Italy.
The Alstom-led consortium also includes Consorzio Integra, Icop and Euroferroviaria.
Systra Italy is preparing to equip half of the Naples rail network with the most advanced signalling and control systems for supervising railway operations.
The implementation by 2026 of the ERTMS, coupled with a Centralised Network Control (ACCM), will offer the operator a more reliable, robust, and flexible operation of its network, while increasing the level of safety of the lines.
The electrical substations will be equipped to recover almost all the kinetic energy of trains during braking phases and return it to the network which will reduce the consumption and environmental footprint.
In addition, Systra will participate in the modernisation of the railway infrastructure including stations, tunnels, engineering structures and communication equipment on the Castellammare – Sorrento section, to increase the operating capacity to one train every 12 minutes. The works will be carried out at night to minimise the impact on users.
In October 2022, Alstom and Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) signed a EUR 900 million framework agreement to design and install the ERTMS Baseline 3 Level 2 signalling system on 27 lines totalling 1,400 km in six regions including Campania. This contract is part of a programme to install the ETCS across the Italian rail network.
The programme will be implemented in four lots totalling 4,220 km for which EUR 2.77 billion contracts have been signed with Hitachi Rail–led consortium, Alstom Ferroviaria, Mermec–led consortium and ECM–led consortium.
By 2026, RFI intends to equip 3,400 km of railway lines and until 2036, the rail infrastructure manager plans to implement the ETCS Level 2 system on 16,800 km of its rail network.