Hitachi Rail Receives Two New Contracts for Bi-Standard Cab Signalling

Hitachi Rail has been chosen to equip its digital bi-standard cab signalling technology on SNCF and Eurostar trains.

On board digital signalling technology from Hitachi
On board digital signalling technology from Hitachi

The bi-standard technology combines transmission voice-machine (TVM) and European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) technologies. This will enable the Eurostar E300 and SNCF high-speed trains to safely operate on both the French and cross border high-speed networks, and will allow passengers to more easily travel by train across European borders.

Eight Eurostar trains will be upgraded with the bi-standard technology, and a new version of the product will be developed for use onboard high-speed SNCF trains operating in Italy and Switzerland.

To date, approximately 1,000 Hitachi bi-standard products have been put into revenue service onboard a variety of trains across Europe and Asia.

The first was rolled out in France in 2007, when the technology was equipped onboard SNCF trains operating on the Paris-Strasbourg line.

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