Alstom Signs 10-Year ETCS Maintenance Contract with SBB

Alstom has signed a ten-year maintenance contract – its second – for ETCS equipment with SBB.

Alstom installed ETCS equipment on board roughly 500 vehicle types between 2003 and 2008. This upgrade programme was part of Swiss federal efforts to comply with ETCS standards.

An Alstom Pendolino for SBB

The initial support contract that the parties signed at the time is now being extended for ten years. Furthermore, this new contract includes a five-year extension option. The total value of the contract is more than 25 million euros.

Cora Hentrich-Henne, Managing Director of Alstom in Switzerland, said:

“We are very pleased with the confidence that SBB has placed in us with this contract extension. Our aim is to ensure the availability of spare parts and of the large SBB fleet, thus making an important contribution to the smooth operation of rail traffic in Switzerland.”

As part of the contract Alstom will perform the logistics management for repair and calibration. It will also overhaul on-board ETCS components, and measurement equipment, perform obsolescence management and provide technical support, training and on-site assistance.

The direct point of contact for its Swiss customers is Alstom’s Neuhausen site. Alstom’s worldwide centre of excellence for signalling technology in Charleroi, meanwhile, will be the hub for testing, service and maintenance.

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