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 and Irish Rail have unveiled a 1:1 scale mock-up carriage for DART+ to the Irish public at Irish Rail's Inchicore works in Dublin.
The first new metro trains have entered commercial service on Barcelona Metro's line 3. A total of 50 enter service over the coming months.
Metro de Málaga has inaugurated an extension of the Málaga Metro to connect the network with the city centre.
The Klang Valley MRT Putrajaya Line has officially opened to the public in the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley region of Malaysia.
PANYNJ and Newark Liberty International Airport have contracted Alstom to provide operations and maintenance services for AirTrain Newark.
Alstom has celebrated the completion of its 1000th tram manufactured at its production facility in Vienna, Austria.
SBB and Alstom have reached an agreement for Alstom to compensate SBB for the delayed delivery of its long-distance double-decker fleet.
Alstom has opened a production plant in Valmadrera, Italy to manufacture power transmission components for railway, metro and tram lines.
Alstom and Colas Rail will provide an integrated railway system for the extended North-South Commuter Railway project in the Philippines.
Alstom has delivered the first 8900 series train to ViaMobilidade for use on the 8-Diamante and 9-Esmeralda lines in São Paulo, Brazil.
RAILPOOL has ordered 27 new Traxx AC3 and Traxx DC3 locomotives from Alstom for use in Poland, Italy, Norway and Sweden.
Alstom has retrofitted the first 36 of 59 MÁV-START electric trains with its Atlas ETCS solution in order to increase speed and safety.
The Mostaganem tramway has enetered commercial service following a series of works by Alstom and Cosider to commission the two new lines.
Alstom has unveiled the first Citadis X05 tram that will be delivered to Nantes Métropole later this year.
Île-de-France Mobilités, the Société du Grand Paris and Alstom have unveiled the final design of Paris's future line 18 metro trains.
Pre-validation tests are currently underway on the first TGV M test train at Alstom’s Velim site in the Czech Republic.
Alstom and RegioJet sign an agreement for the supply of a further 13 Traxx MS3 locomotives. These will operate in central Europe.
Norske tog has ordered a further 25 Coradia Nordic regional trains from Alstom in a contract valued at over 230 million EUR.
ČD-Telematika has chosen Alstom to equip seven Pendolino trains and 66 electric vehicles with ETCS Level 2.
Alstom will operate its Coradia iLint hydrogen-powered train on the Réseau Charlevoix rail network in Quebec, Canada.
Alstom has concluded its project of manufacturing 163 DT5 metro vehicles for the Hamburg Metro, operated by Hamburger Hochbahn.
Metroselskabet has contracted Alstom to deliver mid-life fleet modernisation of the M1 and M2 metro trains in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Alstom has unveiled two new trainsets for the Hauts-de-France Region: the Omneo Premium and the Regio 2N equipped with ERTMS.
VR Sweden has renewed a contract with Alstom to provide maintenance for the 30-strong Tåg i Bergslagen’s (Tågab) fleet of regional trains.
Alstom has signed a contract to supply 10 three-car Metropolis trains for operation on Line 1 of the Santo Domingo Metro.
Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) has signed an agreement with Hitachi, Mermec, Progress Rail and Alstom to install ERTMS onboard its trains.
Alstom will carry out an overhaul of ScotRail’s Class 334 fleet of 40 trains that operate between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has reached its target volume for biofuel two years ahead of target, hitting 17 million litres of HVO.
An Alstom consortium has been awarded two new signalling and electrification contracts to support rail modernisation in Romania.
Alstom has completed the extension of the PHX Sky Train automated people mover (APM) system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Renfe has purchased an additional 97 new Cercanías and Media Distancia trains as part of its train fleet renewal plan.
Renfe has ordered an additional 49 additional Coradia Stream high-capacity trains from Alstom. These will be manufactured in Barcelona.
Île-de-France Mobilités has announced that the final electric Francilien train has now commenced service at Saint-Lazare station in Paris.
Alstom and Air Products have signed an MoU to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen trains in the Czech Republic.
Alstom has signed a contract with Irish Rail (IÉ) to supply an additional 18 five-car X’trapolis trains for the DART+ network.
Kazakhstan Railways and Alstom have announced an expansion of their partnership with the signing of a new cooperation agreement.
In partnership with ProRail and Lineas, Alstom has demonstrated the highest grade of automation on an autonomous shunting locomotive.
Ireland's Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has secured approval for IÉ to order 90 battery-electric train carriages from Alstom this year.
Alstom has signed a new contract with Panama Metro (MPSA) to provide maintenance for Line 2’s rolling stock, signalling and power supply system.
Nestlé Waters will become the first company in Europe to operate a hydrogen-powered freight train with a solution from Alstom and ENGIE.
Alstom has signed a framework agreement with Egypt’s National Authority of Tunnels to design, build and maintain the Cairo Metro Line 6.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has contracted Alstom to supply 312 metro cars for the Delhi Metro Phase IV expansion.
Alstom has been awarded a contract to supply the signalling systems for the Metro do Porto yellow line extension in Porto, Portugal.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has commissioned Alstom and Siemens to each develop a vehicle concept for the new high-speed ICE trains in Germany.
Alstom has published a study entitled, 'The Role of Urban Rail in Sustainable Africa,' with EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services.
Alstom has been selected to manufacture and commission 78 metro coaches to operate on Phase II of the Chennai Metro in India.
Alstom has opened an expanded rolling stock plant in Taubaté, São Paulo, strengthening the company's presence in Brazil.
Renfe plans to execute the purchase option for 101 additional Cercanías and Media Distancia trains before the end of this year.
Alstom is collaborating with SMRT Trains to explore advanced technologies that can improve railway operations and maintenance in Singapore.
Four of 23 new driverless trains for the City & Southwest Line have started passenger service on Sydney's Metro North West Line this week.
Alstom is expanding its presence in Saudi Arabia by opening a new regional office and HealthHub digital centre in Riyadh.
Govia Thameslink Railway has sent its first Class 387/1 Great Northern train for ETCS upgrading as part of the East Coast Digital Programme.
Alstom is recruiting 200 welders for its Česká Lípa site in the Czech Republica as part of its plans to hire 7,500 new recruits this year.
Alstom has signed a framework agreement with Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) to deliver an ERTMS supervision and control system across Italy.
Alstom has signed a new services contract with UK rail franchise Govia Thameslink Railway valued at £256 million.
Alstom to design, deliver and maintain the latest-generation ETCS level 2 signalling system (Baseline 3) for 120 SNCB HLE18 locomotives.
Metrolink has announced that all 27 of its new trams have now been delivered in Greater Manchester as part of a 72 million GBP investment.
Alstom has completed infrastructure works across Attiko Metro’s Haidari-Piraeus Line 3 extension in Athens, Greece.
Cairo Metro Line 3 has been inaugurated by Egypt’s Minister of Transport at a special event attended by representatives from Alstom.
Alstom has been contracted to supply Italian railway operator, Polo Mercitalia (FS Group) with 20 Traxx DC3 electric locomotives.
The Romanian Railway Reform Authority (ARF) has contracted Alstom to supply an additional 17 Coradia Stream inter-regional trains.
Alstom has proven the capability of the Coradia iLint train to provide long-distance travel with its recording-breaking 1175km journey.
Alstom has opened a new 460 square metre engineering and innovation centre in Maia, Portugal, which will initially provide 25 jobs.
Alstom has been awarded a contract to supply a fully integrated Traffic Management System (TMS) for KiwiRail's network in New Zealand.
Alstom has announced the solutions and rolling stock it will be showing at InnoTrans 2022, with a focus on digitalisation and green mobility.
Alstom has received an order for an additional 12 VLocity DMU regional trains from the Department of Transport in Victoria.
Alstom and SNCF have unveiled the TGV M high-speed Avelia Horizon train at Alstom's La Rochelle site in France.
An Alstom-led consortium will supply the communications-based train control (CBTC) solution for the extension of Line 1 of the Panama Metro.
FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) has ordered 10 Coradia Stream regional trains from Alstom.
Alstom has been charged with the maintenance and modernisation of five five-car trainsets by the Buenos Aires subway operator Emova.
The first two new Sounder S Line rail cars have arrived in Seattle as part of Sound Transit Board's 11-car order.
14 Coradia iLint regional trains are now in passenger operation on the world’s first full hydrogen-operated route in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Alstom has signed a contract with DB Cargo Belgium and DB Cargo Netherlands to maintain a fleet of 60 DE-6400 locomotives.
SNCF Voyageurs has ordered an additional 15 new-generation Avelia Horizon very high-speed trains from Alstom.
Alstom’s first C-series railcar for Metronet is on its way to the Nowergup depot to begin dynamic testing in mid-September.
Alstom has completed production of the first two of 152 cars for the next generation Marseille metro in France.
Alstom has transferred its Coradia Polyvalent platform, its French Reichshoffen production site and its TALENT 3 platform to CAF.
ATM has contracted Alstom to electrify the first phase of Barcelona's tram connection using APS technology.
Alstom has started production of Metropolis trains for operation on Lines 8 – Diamond and 9 – Emerald in São Paulo, Brazil.
PKP PLK has granted approval to Alstom to use the ELS-96 wheel detector system on railway lines in Poland.
This week saw the inauguration of the Madrid–Burgos high-speed line – an extension of the high-speed North line (LAV).
Alstom's recruiting 150 new software developers and testers for its Digital Products Engineering Centre of Competence in Katowice, Poland.
Alstom has won the contract to expand Rio de Janeiro’s VLT system. This will offer an integrated terminal connection to a new BRT system.
Alstom’s Chinese joint venture has been awarded a contract to provide the train traction and auxiliary system for 258 Nanjing Metro cars.
Alstom and CRRC’s JV has been contracted to provide operation and maintenance services for Hong Kong International Airport's (HKIA) APM.
Alstom's industrial centre in Trápaga, Spain will manufacture the propulsion system for the new Zefiro Express high-speed trains in Sweden.
Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation has ordered 156 Movia metro cars from Alstom, which will be built at its facility in Savli, India.
Alstom has announced that it will establish an innovation centre for green rail mobility solutions at its Americas headquarters in Quebec.
NS’s new Intercity Next Generation Alstom train has been showcased to the public at Rotterdam Central Station in the Netherlands.
Alstom has concluded the transfer of Bombardier Transportation’s contribution to the ETR 1000 high-speed train to Hitachi Rail.
Lyon metro’s line B automation project has now been completed after a decade of work and 387m EUR in investment.
Alstom has signed an agreement to deliver a further 20 Traxx DC3 electric locomotives to Italy-based GTS Rail.
Olivier Loison has been named the new Managing Director of Alstom’s India cluster, taking over from Alain Sphor, who is retiring.
Alstom’s German autonomous rail pilot project has now entered its second phase with testing on two regional trains.
RFI has awarded its tender for the design and construction of an ERTMS across 4,200 kilometres of railway lines in Italy.
The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has dismissed Alstom's appeal against the award of an SBB Thurbo and RegionAlps contract to Stadler.
Alstom has signed an MoU with the developer and operator of Jakarta’s mass rapid transit (MRT) network, PT MRT Jakarta (PT MRTJ).
Alstom has carried out the first testing of a train retrofitted with European Train Control System (ETCS) equipment at Network Rail's RIDC.
Alstom has been awarded a contract to design, build, and maintain the Tel Aviv Metropolitan LRT Green Line.
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