Alstom, has secured a framework contract worth nearly 300 million euros to develop and deploy the NExTEO signalling system on the hybrid rail and rapid transit network, RER B and RER D lines in the Île-de-France region of France.
The new NExTEO solution is a CBTC (Communication-Based Train Control) signalling system that forms a wider plan to modernise and optimise the infrastructure of the two express lines that serve the wider Paris region as well as ensuring greater reliability across the two lines that serve over 300 million passengers annually.
The contract awarded will cover automation, control and a supervision system and will run for 12 years.
"I am delighted with this new order, which demonstrates the confidence of our long-standing partners in the products developed by Alstom to improve the performance and throughput of RER lines B and D in response to the increase in passenger traffic," said Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom France. "With this new contract, Alstom will equip a total of 350 trains and 100 kilometres of these 2 RER lines, which are among the busiest in the Île-de-France region."
The NExTEO signalling technology is a CBTC2 signalling solution will help to ensure a high level of performance in the densely populated central Paris area, as well as making it better equipped to manage the less densely populated areas on the suburban branches of the RER B and RER D lines.
Alstom has established itself as one of the market leaders in the competitive CBTC market, with its Urbalis technology being used on over 145 lines worldwide already including metro systems in Madrid, Amsterdam, Riyadh, Milan, Lausanne and Dubai.
For the deployment of the new NExTEO system, Alstom will be leveraging expertise from its three sites in France in Saint-Ouen and Aix-en-Provence as well as Villeurbanne.
Last week, Alstom revealed the new RER NG train, which will be running on the networks D line at the end of 2024.
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