Madrid-Sevilla high-speed

Thales bags contract for modernisation Madrid-Sevilla high-speed line

Thales will also carry out renovation work on the line's auxiliary detection systems. Thales

Thales has won the Adif contract for the renewal of the field cabinets and associated equipment of the Falling Object Detection Systems (DCO) for the Madrid-Sevilla high-speed line, as well as various other modernisation works, the company announces on Monday.

As part of the work, 235 new cabinets will be installed to replace the old Debris Detection Equipment (EDD) cabinets. The DCO cabinets are already in use on the high-speed lines between Córdoba-Málaga, Madrid-Valladolid and Lérida-Barcelona. The cabinets should have the added benefit of increased reliability.

The 25-million-euro contract also calls for the renovation of signalling installations, the DCO detection meshes on overpasses and the rollout of the ERTMS Level 2 automatic train protection system. Finally, Thales will also install more than 1,300 of new TTC track circuits that were designed in-country.

“This contract allows us to contribute to the digital transformation of the Madrid-Sevilla high-speed line. Continuing to provide our technology after 30 years on this line is a challenge for its modernisation”, Fernando Ortega, Director of Transport at Thales Spain, said in a comment on the award.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

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