Alstom signs framework agreement for implementation of ERTMS in Italy
Alstom has inked a framework contract with Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) for the design and implementation ERTMS in the Italian regions of Sicily, Lazio, Abruzzo and Umbria. The agreement announced on Wednesday is valued at 124 million euros.
The framework contract is part of a larger package marketed by RFI, which calls for the design and construction of ERTMS on close to 700 kilometres of rail in the mentioned regions. The work covers 480 kilometres in Sicily, 150 kilometres of the Terni-Perugia-Sansepolcro railway and 80 kilometres of the line from Roccasecca to Avezzano. Combined, the tenders are worth around 500 million euros and are financed by the Recovery and Resilience Plan.
The rollout will be carried out by a temporary association comprising Hitachi Rail, Alstom Ferroviaria and Ceit. Alstom will be construction the ERTMS Baseline 3 Level 2 signalling system with GSM-R and ACCM (Multi-Station Computerised Control Equipment) on the sections covered under its framework contract. It will team up with Ceit for its yard activities.
RFI’s latest call for tenders related to the design and construction of ERTMS covers almost half of the stated EU objective to equip 1,400 kilometres of railway lines with ERTMS before the end of 2024. A call for tenders worth almost 3 billion euros should see the implementation of ERTMS on more than 3,400 kilometres of track by 2026. In total, RFI is aiming for the installation on the technology on all 16,700 kilometres of the network.