Israel Railways has awarded Alstom a €45m contract to supply ETCS Level 2 onboard equipment.

ISRAEL: National railway ISR has awarded Alstom a €45m contract to design, supply, install and commission ETCS Level 2 onboard equipment across its fleet.

The contract announced on December 10 covers 192 vehicles, with an option for a further 34. Design work is scheduled to start in January 2019, with installation taking around two years.

Alstom is to supply its Atlas platform, which is intended to support the operation of faster and more frequent services while providing a flexible and upgradeable design offering compatibility with energy-saving driving profiles.

This is expected to increase capacity on the congested Ayalon line from 14 to 17 trains/h in each direction without the need to add more tracks.

The contract has been awarded as part of a signalling renewal programme planned for completion in 2022. This is being procured through three main contracts covering lineside equipment, onboard equipment and GSM-R communications.

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