ITALIAN infrastructure manager RFI has awarded two contracts totalling €180m to Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviaro for resignalling work on the national network.

The larger contract, valued at €136m, covers the installation of SCMT automatic train protection and supervision equipment on routes in the Genova, Milano, Verona and Napoli regions. ASF will supply and install the lineside equipment, which is to be compatible with ERTMS specifications.

RFI began work in 2003 on a €1·9bn programme to equip 10500 route-km and 4000 traction units with SCMT over the next few years. ASF already has orders covering 3000 km and 1150 vehicles for completion by the end of 2006.

The second contract is to install SCC centralised train control on RFI’s main lines in Sicily, overseeing the operation of 490 trains a day on the Palermo - Messina and Messina - Siracusa routes totalling 232 km.

  • On March 3 FS project management subsidiary Italferr awarded contracts worth €28m to Bombardier for supply of two Ebilock 950 computer-based interlockings by the end of 2007. One covers a third interlocking for RFI’s Verona region, and the other will be used in the resignalling of the Palermo - Fiumetorto line in Sicily.