Thales has been awarded the bid to upgrade and improve signalling systems and rail traffic control for the Ronda-Gaucín stretch of the Bobadilla-Algeciras railway, which covers 50km in Eastern Spain. ADIF, the rail infrastructure organisation, has placed a contract, worth 19.7 million Euro, to the consortium headed by Thales.
The aim of this project is to replace the existing mechanical technology with latest generation electronic interlocking signalling system in the seven stations between Ronda and Gaucín, leading to greater line capacity, increased speed and greater reliability.
The project also includes the implementation of an automatic block system on a single track, a centralised traffic control centre located at Ronda station and electronic axle counters in the stations and routes, used to detect track occupation. The existing 12 level crossings will be adapted, corresponding works on electricity and communication systems will be carried out, as well as the construction of new technical buildings needed to house the equipment.
“We are proud of the trust that the Spanish rail administration places in Thales and its expertise in rail safety and security. In our partnership with ADIF, we commit to manage this new project at the highest standards of quality.” stated Jesús Sanchez Bargos, director of Thales’s security solutions & services activities in Spain.
This contract follows from the successful Thales upgrade of other high-speed rail lines in Spain, ie Madrid-Seville, Madrid-Toledo, Córdoba-Málaga, Madrid- Valladolid and Lérida -Barcelona amongst others.