Thales wins signalling and energy contract for Chamartín station

ERTMS L1 and L2 Adif Alta Velocidad awarded Thales a EUR 8.66 million contract to modify the ERTMS L1 and L2 installations, telecommunications and energy of the high-speed area in Madrid Chamartín station as part of the new design of the station. Under the contract, the works will be completed in 30 months.

Thales will provide the modification of the installations for the ERTMS L1 and L2 train protection system to adapt it to the new high-speed routing. Thales will also be responsible for the fixed telecommunications systems, specifically the expansion of the communications fit-out (during the first phase, as well as the fit-out for the new technical building in the second phase, where the equipment is replicated and from which the communications of all of the station’s high-speed tracks are controlled.

As Thales will be also responsible for the energy systems, the company will modify the energy installation and new energy equipment will be installed, together with Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), connections and cables that feed the signalling, telecommunications and ancillary equipment. Thales is responsible for safety and security and the supervision of the new installations too.

The new design of the Chamartín station aims to increase its capacity for standard gauge traffic to meet the demand associated with the liberalisation of passenger transport. This makes necessary the modification of the ERTMS, communications and energy facilities.

Adif Alta Velocidad is currently implementing the project to expand the Chamartín station covering the construction of four additional tracks and platforms to serve the high-speed train traffic. The rail infrastructure manager will also construct a EUR 1.48 billion standard-gauge tunnel which will ensure the connection to the Madrid Puerta de Atocha station. In addition, Adif AV will adapt the Cercanías tracks – the commuter rail system – to accommodate the high-speed trains and in the future, a high-speed rail line is planned to be constructed between the two locations.

This month, Adif has awarded a EUR 207 million contract for track expansion as well as the remodeling works at Madrid Chamartín station which are expected to be completed in the next five years.


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