by Josephine Cordero Sapién
29 Oct 2020
SNCF Réseau, the French rail infrastructure manager, has chosen Alstom, Hitachi and Thales to help develop the next generation of signal interlockings.
This work will take place within the ARGOS innovation partnership, which SNCF Réseau set up in 2018. It is now ready to move to the next stage. Over the next 30 months engineering teams from the partnership members and SNCF Réseau will research the best technical solution for SNCF Réseau’s needs and targets in the field of computer-controlled signal interlockings.
Computer-controlled interlockings ensure the safety of moving trains by controlling points and signal operations. Many interlocking boxes currently on the network are old or contain outdated technologies and need upgrading.
The ARGOS interlockings that are being developed will allow SNCF Réseau to replace its stock of electro-mechanical, electrical and purely mechanical signal boxes to fully digital systems.
The advantage of a digital system is that the information can be relayed in real time with more rapid incident response. This will lessen the effect of failures and maintenance and improve traffic flow. Furthermore, digital interlockings make intermediate relays unnecessary so that the amount of ground-based infrastructure and cabling required will be cut substantially. This will reduce installation and maintenance times as well as being gentler on the planet’s resources.
The ARGOS partnership is SNCF Réseau’s first multi-awardee partnership. The first phase was focused on research, while this next phase will centre on development. All parties in the partnership – the Thales, ENGIE Solutions, Vossloh Group; Alstom; and the Hitachi Rail, Eiffage Énergie Systèmes, SYSTRA group – have all been asked to upgrade an existing installation and develop pre-series interlockings. The first are on track for commissioning in late 2023.
Following the development period, SNCF Réseau and its industrial partners will work together via a 15-year rollout contract.
CargoBeamer has operated the first intermodal train to transport semi-trailers between Marseille and Calais, France.
Rennes Metro’s Line B has now entered revenue service, equipped with Siemens Mobility’s driverless metro system Cityval.
RTM (Régie des Transports Métropolitains) has contracted CAF to supply 15 new trams for Marseilles, France.
Construction is now complete on the underground space at Châtillon Montrouge station, which will serve the Grand Paris Express metro Line 15.
Alstom and SNCF have unveiled the TGV M high-speed Avelia Horizon train at Alstom's La Rochelle site in France.
SNCF Voyageurs has ordered an additional 15 new-generation Avelia Horizon very high-speed trains from Alstom.
Alstom has completed production of the first two of 152 cars for the next generation Marseille metro in France.
Ile-de-France Mobilités has announced that the electrification of the entire Ile-de-France rail network will be completed by 2030.
SNCF Réseau has selected Hitachi Rail to develop and deploy wayside ERTMS Radio Block Centers (RBC) for the French railway network.
The T13 tram has began operations on a 18.8 kilometre line between Saint-Cyr-l'École and Saint-Germain-en-Laye in France.
A new milestone has been reached on the Grand Paris Express project, thanks to the completion of the first half of the Line 16 tunnel.
Lyon metro’s line B automation project has now been completed after a decade of work and 387m EUR in investment.
SNCF Réseau has awarded a contract to ETF, a VINCI Construction subsidiary, to carry out track renovation works on France's rail network.
CAF has been selected to supply a new fleet of trams for the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole region in France.
Line 12 on the Paris Métro has been extended and two new stations have been built to connect Aubervilliers with the centre of Paris.
The Florence tunnel boring machine has completed a 3.4 kilometre tunnel for Line 17 of the Grand Paris Express.
A key milestone in the Grand Paris Express project has been achieved with the first breakthrough of tunnel boring machine Mireille.
SNCF Voyageurs and Alstom have unveiled the first French electric-diesel-battery regional train this week.
Paris Metro operator RATP has renewed its maintenance contract with Hitachi Rail, continuing a partnership that's lasted over 100 years.
Alstom is to provide 16 eight-car Omneo Premium trains for the Marseille-Nice line that Transdev will operate from 2025.
Alstom and Liebherr – Aerospace and Transportation SAS have signed a collaboration agreement aimed at optimising hydrogen systems.
VINCI Construction will build the operation and rolling stock maintenance centre for the Grand Paris Express’ future Line 18.
Alstom has been awarded the contract to design and supply the rolling stock for the Île-de-France network’s Line 18.
Transdev Group and Strides International Business awarded shadow operator contract for four new Greater Paris driverless metro lines.
Alstom and Plastic Omnium have signed a MoU to work together on the development of high-end hydrogen storage systems for the railway sector.
Alstom has run its Coradia iLint hydrogen train in France for the first time. The event took place at a railway test centre.
Alstom has received an option exercise order from SYTRAL, Lyon's public transport authority, for 35 Citadis trams.
Nearly ten years after bringing the city’s first tramway line into service, SYSTRA has returned to Brest to oversee a new transport project.
Webuild and partners have won a contract to excavate a section of the Turin-Lyon high-speed/high-capacity railway base tunnel.
Alstom will supply 19 additional five-car MP14 metros with driver's cab for line 11 of the Île-de-France Mobilités network, operated by RATP.
Alstom’s Régiolis Crossborder, a hybrid unit, has arrived at Výzkumný Ústav Železniční's test circuit in the Czech Republic.
CFL has chosen Alstom to equip its 34 new Coradia regional trains with an automatic train operation (ATO) system.
A Talgo Avril unit has reached a key milestone in the very high-speed train's homologation process by exceeding 363 kilometres per hour.
Alstom and SNCF Voyageurs have unveiled the first TGV M power car. Its carbon footprint is the lowest on the market.
SNCF and partners have begun to test their prototype autonomous regional train on commercial tracks in northern France.
Alstom’s first pre-production Coradia Polyvalent France-Germany cross-border train starts certification and approval tests.
Eurostar has reached a refinancing agreement with its shareholders and banks worth £250m (289.9m euros | 353.9m USD).
Alstom has been selected to provide its interchangeable communications-based train control system (I-CBTC) for the Paris Metro.
France: members of parliament in the National Assembly have voted on the climate and resilience bill which bans short-haul domestic flights.
Four French regions have placed their first order for dual mode electric-hydrogen trains from Alstom, via co-ordinating party SNCF Voyageurs.
Alstom has acquired Helion Hydrogen Power and Flertex to expand its expertise in the hydrogen and braking system markets respectively.
Deutsche Bahn and SCNF have signed a cooperation agreement on digitalisation and technology to help drive ahead the European rail sector.
Transfesa Logistics has added regular weekly services to Dourges, France to its portfolio and is hoping to expand the number of services.
Marseille and Alstom have revealed the finalised metro design for the new rolling stock that will be deployed in the city from 2023.
French transport minister confirms to the National Assembly that France would make sure it supported Eurostar and was in talks with Britain.
The CAF-Bombardier consortium has been chosen as the preferred bidder to supply 146 double-decker MI20 trains for RER Line B in Paris.
Bombardier has signed a contract with SNCF for three additional OMNEO Regio 2N trains for the Île-de-France region (Paris).
Bombardier will supply 33 OMNEO Regio 2N double-decker trains to SNCF for the Hauts-de-France region. Delivery will begin in 2024.
Alstom has won a contract with Toulouse Metropole to supply systems for the Toulouse Aerospace Express metro line, including rolling stock.
Success for the Autonomous Train project: a Prima BB 27000 locomotive ran semi-autonomously on the French national rail network under ERTMS.
Alstom will supply an additional 13 Citadis Dualis tram-trains for the Île-de-France region. These are an option from a 2007 contract.
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.
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.
France says it will waive railway track access charges for the rest of 2020 and reduce them by half for the duration of 2021.
Alstom has published its financial results for Q1 of 2020/21, with total orders up compared to the same period in the previous year.
France's Grand Est region has ordered 39 Alstom Coradia Polyvalent trains for both cross-border and domestic operations.
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.
SNCF Mobilités has chosen CAF as preferred bidder to deliver 28 trains to enter service in 2023. The order is worth ca. 700 million euros.
Alstom has delivered the first five Coradia Polyvalent Léman Express trains to SNCF. They are due to enter service on 15 December 2019.
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 22: Alstom delivers the first MP16 metro train and begins production of locomotives in Kazakhstan.
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.
France's Région Sud has ordered five further Coradia Polyvalent Régiolis regional trains from Alstom, which it will receive in 2020–2021.
A direct rail link between London and Bordeaux by 2022, reducing journey times to 5 hours between the cites, is becoming increasingly likely.
The Railway-News Industry Insider Week 15, with all the week's rail news, including problems with the ICE 4 and new trains for South Africa.
Alstom has unveiled its first finished Coradia Polyvalent commuter train for the Léman Express project, connecting France and Switzerland.
Global railway news summary: our Industry Insider week 14, with rail news from Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and the UK.
Alstom's Le Creusot site in France, which specialises in train bogies, has unveiled the highest-capacity welding robot in the rail industry.
Alstom, contracted for both rubber and steel-wheeled metro trains for the Grand Paris Express, is to deliver an additional 23 trains.
In the Industry Insider Week 13: Deutsche Bahn considers sale options for DB Arriva and Stadler wins its biggest vehicle order to date.
The French region of Occitanie has ordered 13 new four-car Alstom Coradia Polyvalent Régiolis trains, bringing the total up to 46.
The Industry Insider week 12 featuring all the must-read rail news stories from 18–22 March, including the Eurotunnel shuttle refurbishment.
Eurotunnel has awarded Bombardier a contract to refurbish 9 of its PAX shuttles as part of its 2018–2026 mid-life refurbishment programme.
In this week's Railway-News Industry Insider: Alstom wins signalling upgrade contract in Boston, and Switzerland to reduce price of using rail network.
It's International Women's Day and different countries, businesses and rail industry projects are celebrating the event. We want to highlight those here.
The Railway-News SIFER Special Magazine is out now! SIFER 2019 takes place in Lille, France, on 26–28 March 2019. Please enjoy our accompanying publication.
The new MP14 rolling stock for Line 14 of the Paris Metro has begun dynamic testing on Line 1, following successful static testing.
CAF has won the contract to refurbish 43 RER MI 2N trains from RATP and Île-de-France Mobilités. This MI 2N refurbishment contract is worth 121.3 million euro...
Pro France has awarded Bombardier Transportation the Guaranteed French Origin label for two of its trains. They are the Francilien and the Bombardier OMNEO (Reg...
The Nice airport tram link started operating on 14 December 2018. The Nice Côte d'Azur east-west light rail extension, which connects the city to its airport, ...
The Railway-News Industry Insider for week 50 (10–14 December 2018): all the week's important rolling stock, infrastructure, business, policy and technology n...
Grand Avignon, France, received its first Alstom Citadis X05 tram on 13 December. It took the tram three days to travel from its assembly site in La Rochelle. A...
Bombardier contracted to deliver 19 OMNEO Premium trains to serve the intercity lines of the Hauts-de-France region. The client is SNCF. These OMENO trains are ...
In Europe, Japan and China in particular, but also in other parts of the world, high-speed rail is considered an innovative transport mode, with numerous benefi...
The Société du Grand Paris and Île-de-France Mobilités have contracted Alstom Transport to build and deliver high-capacity driverless metro-trains for lines...
SNCF Mobilités has ordered 100 next-generation Avelia Horizon very-high-speed TGV trains from Alstom Transport. The cost of the fleet is 20% than the amount wh...
On 30 June Alstom put its latest version of its Citadis X05 tram, which features its SRS ground-based static charging system for trams with on-board energy stor...
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has released a report which is highly critical of high speed rail services in the European Union.The ECA belief that the EU...
The French rail freight operator VFLI and the leasing company Alpha Trains have ordered 12 EURO4001 diesel-electric locomotives and the prototype of the EURODUA...
Île-de-France Mobilités and SNCF Transilien have ordered 32 more Citadis Dualis Tram-Trains from Alstom France for delivery by 2022.
Bombardier Transportation has received an order for nine Regio 2N double-deck trains from the French National Railway Corporation, SNCF, on behalf of the...
Alstom is to supply 10 additional Citadis trams to Bordeaux Metropole for a total amount of nearly €30 million as part of the optional order for...
Alstom is to supply 14 additional Coradia Polyvalent trains to the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand Est regions for an amount of approximately...
Bombardier Transportation announced that it received a repeat order for 32 OMNEO Premium double-deck trains from the French National Railway Company...
Please fill in the contact form opposite. A member of the team will be in touch shortly.