by Josephine Cordero Sapién
21 Oct 2020
The independent certification and testing body Belgorail has issued certifications to Alstom for its latest onboard and trackside ETCS solutions, making Alstom the first company internationally to be fully certified in this arena.
The latest software developments guarantee interoperability with Baseline 3 Maintenance Release 2 for the entire railway system.
“We are proud to have yet again set a new standard in rail. We are on track to gradually replacing all the existing incompatible systems throughout Europe and to optimising and boosting the international freight and passenger transport.”
ETCS is a highly efficient train control system. It cuts down maintenance costs and delivers improvements in safety, reliability, punctuality and capacity. Consequently, ETCS is being used more and more outside of Europe, for example in countries like Australia, India, Taiwan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
The first project that will see latest standards are the Monza-Chiasso line in Italy, which is also the first one to feature the technology on a conventional railway line. It will become operational in the summer of 2021. The next will be the very high-speed line between Paris and Lyon, with the system entering revenue service in 2024.
Alstom’s ETCS solution is called Atlas. The company has equipped 18,000km of tracks worldwide. Alstom is also involved in the first application of ETCS Level 3 in Germany.
Alstom's hydrogen train, the Coradia iLint, has successfully completed 3 months of test operations in regular passenger service in Austria.
Alstom and Bombardier have announced the expected closing date for Alstom's acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.
Italy is to get its first hydrogen trains with delivery starting in 2023. FNM has ordered six Coradia Stream trains from Alstom for Lombardy.
Alstom and Kiepe Electric have won a contract with the Cologne Public Transport Authority (KVB) for 64 low-floor Citadis trams.
Alstom will supply an additional 13 Citadis Dualis tram-trains for the Île-de-France region. These are an option from a 2007 contract.
Alstom has completed the first phase of the Lusail light rail project in Qatar. It will run 28 low-floor Citadis X05 trams.
Alstom gives an update on its acquisition on Bombardier Transportation in its H2 2020 financial results, including a timetable of events.
Alstom's SriCity factory in India, which opened in September 2012, has reached the milestone of having manufactured 500 metro cars.
Athens has procured 20 four-car Metropolis trains as well as Alstom's CBTC signalling solution for its new metro line, Line 4.
Casa Transport has ordered 66 Alstom Citadis X05 trams for the Casablanca's tramway. The contract includes an option for 22 further units.
Bucharest's metro operator has ordered an initial 13 Alstom Metropolis trains, with an option for a further 17 units, to run on Line 5.
SNCF Réseau's ARGOS parternship is moving from the research to the development phase with Thales, Alstom and Hitachi as industry partners.
The ground-breaking ceremony for Germany's second hydrogen refuelling station for passenger trains has taken place in Hesse.
The first successful test runs for a locomotive equipped with Alstom's latest ERTMS Baseline 3 Release 2 have taken place in Norway.
Alstom has completed the Matai section of the Beni Suef-Asyut line in Egypt, the sixth section of the line Alstom has upgraded.
Alstom's WAG 12B electric locomotives have been approved for operations at 120km/h by the Ministry of Railways in India.
The first MP14 metro train by manufacturer Alstom has entered passenger service on Line 14 in Paris between Olympiades and Saint-Lazare.
Alstom has won a contract to supply 49 Citadis trams to Nantes Métropole. The Citadis trams operate in 23 French cities to date.
Alstom has won a three-year signalling contract with Network Rail to upgrade the equipment in the London Victoria area.
Île-de-France Mobilités, Société du Grand Paris and Alstom have revealed the design of the metro trains that will run on lines 15, 16 and 17.
The test runs of Alstom's hydrogen train, the Coradia iLint, have been deemed a success by the Province of Groningen, Netherlands.
Alstom, as part of a consortium, has won a rail infrastructure project in Romania. This contract, Lot 2, completes the project (Lots 1 & 3).
Alstom has signed the sale and purchase agreement of Bombardier Transportation. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 of 2021.
A look back at InnoTrans 2000 and a couple of its main attractions on the bigger Outdoor Display: the ICE TD and Alstom Lirex.
Line 3 of the Guadalajara has been inaugurated. It measures 21km with 18 stations and operates Alstom Metropolis rolling stock.
OEBB and Alstom are testing the Coradia iLint hydrogen train in Austria for 10 weeks to determine the efficacy of the green technology.
Alstom has conducted a digital track inspection using its TrackTracer technology on the Metro Ligero network in Madrid, Spain.
Alstom has delivered the first two of 25 Citadis X05 trams to Athens, following an order placed by Attiko Metro in July 2018.
Phase 4 of Cairo Metro Line 3 has entered commercial service following contracts awarded to Alstom as part of a consortium in 2015.
Alstom has implemented its signalling system on the San Martín Line in Argentina and will provide 15 months of technical support.
Following the publication by Bombardier of its quarterly results, Alstom calls the developments at Transportation 'unexpected and negative'.
Alstom has started the validation tests for its Prima T8 AZ8A locomotives for Azerbaijan. They are being performed on the main freight line.
The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Bombardier Transportation by Alstom, following Alstom's commitments.
A ground-breaking ceremony has taken place for the new hydrogen refuelling station that is to be built in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Alstom has delivered the first two of eight new 55m Citadis trams to Ireland for operation on the Luas tram network in Dublin.
Alstom has successfully delivered its power supply and interlocking systems for the Mallawi section of the Beni Suet-Asyut line in Egypt.
Alstom and Eversholt Rail are investing a further 1 million GBP into the hydrogen train Breeze in order to accelerate the UK hydrogen sector.
Alstom is part of a consortium that has won a contract for the tunnel safety and security systems on the Madrid-Asturias high-speed line.
Alstom plans to submit commitments to the Commission in anticipation of its planned acquisition of Bombardier Transportation early next year.
Alstom has given an update on its plans to acquire Bombardier Transportation in its 2019/20 full year results.
Following rumours, Alstom and Bombardier have now announced they have signed an MoU for Alstom's acqusition of Bombardier Transportation.
Alstom has responded to the rumours that it is in talks with Bombardier about a potential acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.
Alstom and MMRC revealed a mock up of the train for the Aqua Line in Mumbai. Alstom is supplying 31 8-car units as part of a 2018 contract.
France's Grand Est region has ordered 39 Alstom Coradia Polyvalent trains for both cross-border and domestic operations.
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have awarded the contract to design, build, maintain, operate and finance the Hurontario LRT.
Avignon's first tram line opened to the public on 19 October with Alstom Citadis X05 trams. A second line is scheduled to open in 2023.
Alstom Ubunye has opened its rail factory in Ekurhuleni. It will supply components to Gibela Rail where the PRASA trains are being built.
Alstom is to supply 42 Metropolis trainsets for Barcelona. Barcelona currently runs Metropolis trains on Lines 9 and 10 of its metro.
Alstom has been awarded the contract to retrofit 17 ICE 3 trains with its Atlas ETCS solution in a contract worth more than 30 million euros.
The Paris-Lyon high-speed line is to get the Atlas ERTMS Level 2 solution to increase capacity on what is Europe's busiest route.
Metronet has made public a tender for the construction of an assembly and maintenance depot for railcars in Bellevue, Western Australia.
Alstom will deliver 4 additional Coradia Lint trains for Denmark. The operator, Nordjyske Jernbaner, will receive the units by mid-2021.
Alstom equipped the entirety of Wuppertal Suspension Railway (Wuppertaler Schwebebahn) with the Atlas ETCS train control system.
Alstom will exhibit a number of solutions at Expo Ferroviaria 2019. They include rolling stock, infrastructure, signalling and services.
Alstom has delivered the first five Coradia Polyvalent Léman Express trains to SNCF. They are due to enter service on 15 December 2019.
The Keolis JV in China, Shanghai Keolis, has opened a new stretch of the Songjiang tram network measuring almost 13km in length.
CAF beat bidders from Israel, China, Portugal and Poland to win a large light rail project in Jerusalem for a new tram line and rolling stock.
Alstom has been chosen by the Hello Paris joint venture to supply 13 trains from its Coradia family for the CDG Express, due to open in 2025.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 31: Alstom supply 10 additonal Coradia trains to various French regions, launch the Citadis and more.
Alstom will supply 10 additional Coradia Polyvalent Léman Express trains to the French region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
Alstom have received an order from the French regions of Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée for 5 additional Coradia Polyvalent trains.
Alstom's Citadis X05 tram for Caen la Mer has been inaugurated and will start running on three new lines in the region.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 29: Stadler celebrate the roll-out of the new KISS train and supply 80 TRAMLINK trams to Milan.
China: Alstom has been contracted by Nanjing Metro to supply the train control and traction systems for the driverless Line 7.
The first of the 27 Class 175 DMUs manufactured by Alstom between 1999 and 2001 has been upgraded and has re-entered passenger service.
The high-speed line between León and Valladolid, Spain, now has fully operational ERTMS Level 2 signalling from an Alstom-led consortium.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 28: Alstom supplies final 'Jazz' train, traction systems for 222 metro cars and delivers training.
Following a MoU Alstom and Ajman University (UAE) signed in February, Alstom has trained 15 students and is now offering apprenticeships.
Alstom has won a contract to supply the traction systems for the metro vehicles for phases one and two of the new Line 5 in Xian, China.
Alstom and Trenitalia have celebrated the delivery of the final Jazz train that will improve regional and commuter services in Italy.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 27: Vivarail wins Environment Award, Switzerland invests 1 billion in its rail infrastructure and more.
An Arcadis-Mott MacDonald joint venture has been awarded a design contract for a section of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest line.
Hamburg has ordered an additional 32 DT5 metro trains from the Alstom-Bombardier consortium. They will enter service from January 2021.
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Alstom will equip eleven Harsco Rail Europe maintenance vehicles for SBB (Swtizerland) with its ATLAS 200 Baseline 3 ETCS solution.
Alstom has won a contract with ODEG in Germany to supply 8 Coradia Lint diesel trains. They will enter service from December 2022.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 25: Bombardier announces new car assembly site in California, HS2 gives a talk at Rail Live and more.
The Alstom JV KEP has successfully tested the P80 point machine over a six-month period, during which it performed 1200 switches.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 24: the CEE & Poland Co-Building the Belt & Road conference, rolling stock contracts and more.
The operator SFBW in southwest Germany has ordered an additional 15 Coradia Lint 54 DMUs from Alstom, bringing the total to 33.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 23: Alstom, Bombardier/Hitachi and Siemens mobility release their proposed train designs for HS2.
Alstom has unveiled its design for the HS2 trains. HS2 is the new high-speed railway line for the UK. HS2 Ltd will award the contract in 2020.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 22: Alstom delivers the first MP16 metro train and begins production of locomotives in Kazakhstan.
The Alstom-Transmashholding joint venture EKZ has commenced production of the Prima M4 electric passenger locomotive, type KZ4AT.
Alstom has delivered the first MP16 rubber-tyred train for Line B of the Lyon metro. Dynamic testing on the network will begin in late May.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 21: Alstom wins a contract for 27 fuel cell trains and installs its incremental train control system.
The Sydney Metro enters commercial service: on Sunday 26 May, the new Alstom Metropolis trainsets began operating on the 36km line.
Alstom has adjusted and improved the incremental train control system on a freight network in Colombia. It has also equipped a new section.
Fahma GmbH has ordered 27 hydrogen fuel cell trains from Alstom – the Coradia iLint, which will begin operating in Hesse in December 2022.
Alstom is presenting its to-scale model of its Breeze hydrogen train at Railtex. Mike Muldoon will also give a talk on the technology.
France's Région Sud has ordered five further Coradia Polyvalent Régiolis regional trains from Alstom, which it will receive in 2020–2021.
Panama Metro Line 2 opening: Panama's capital now enjoys a 2nd metro line, with Alstom's CBTC system allowing trains every ninety seconds.
After the city of Ottawa's announcement in 2018 to buy trains from Stadler, the contract for the Trillium Line trains has now been signed.
Amtrak is increasing Acela Express services on the Northeast Corridor on Saturdays prior to introducing the new Avelia Liberty fleet in 2021.
NordWestBahn has won the tender to continue running the RSBN franchise in Bremen / Lower Saxony until 2036. It started services in 2010.
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Alstom has unveiled its first finished Coradia Polyvalent commuter train for the Léman Express project, connecting France and Switzerland.
PRASA has unveiled the first X'Trapolis Mega trains to Cape Town. Manufactured by the Alstom JV Gibela, the total order is for 600 units.
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Alstom's Le Creusot site in France, which specialises in train bogies, has unveiled the highest-capacity welding robot in the rail industry.
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