FRANCE: Le Havre port authority GPMH has awarded Thales a €2·1m turnkey contract to equip the rail network at its Port 2000 intermodal terminal with PIVOS computer-based interlocking based on the supplier's proprietary PIPC technology. Commissioning is planned for July 2013.

Announcing the contract on June 21, Thales said this would be the first installation of a new signalling system on a French port railway since ownership was transferred from national rail infrastructure manager RFF to the port authorities.

The Port of Le Havre's 200 track-km rail network includes 350 signals and five control centres.

'To support the growth in traffic volumes, we're making a concerted effort to upgrade the infrastructure at the Port 2000 terminal', said Christian Feuvre, Director of Land Transport at GPMH. 'We have chosen Thales as our trusted industry partner for this project, based on its record of success since the installation of the port's first computer-based interlocking systems in 2008, and its ability to provide solutions that have been thoroughly proven on major rail networks.'