Edirne railway station

Photos: Ihsan Dolguner (CC BY-SA 4.0)

TURKEY: The joint venture which is modernising the line linking Istanbul with Bulgaria has appointed CAF Signalling as subcontractor to install signalling on the 153 km western section between Çerkezköy and the border at Kapıkule.

The 233 km main line between Kapıkule and Halkalı on the west side of Istanbul is being extensively rebuilt in two segments under a €530m contract signed in April 2018 with a consortium of Italy’s Salini Impreglio (now Webuild) and Turkey’s Kolin Insaat.

The project includes long sections of new alignment and the construction of three stations. Most of the new sections are on the 144 km between Edirne and Çerkezköy, and require 10 tunnels, 16 bridges and two viaducts. CAF Signalling will supply electronic interlockings and a centralised control system compatible with ETCS Level 1 and operations at up to 200 km/h.

CAF Signalling said the contract announced on June 29 is worth more than €15m, adding that its third signalling project in Turkey in recent years has helped to establish a strong presence in the region’s signalling market.