Stuttgrat Abellio EMU (Photo Portraitor, Pixabay)

GERMANY: The Land of Baden-Württemberg’s rolling stock management body SFBW has awarded Alstom a contract to retrofit 118 regional trainsets with ETCS and automatic train operation equipment for operation in the Stuttgart area.

This will support semi-automatic train operation to Grade of Automation 2, where the driver is responsible for starting the train.

The contract is worth €130m, including an innovation co-operation agreement and maintenance. It was announced on July 2, a week after a similar deal for Alstom to supply DB Regio with ETCS and ATO technology for Stuttgart S-Bahn trainsets.

The SFBW contract covers trains from several different suppliers, with the initial work to be completed by 2024 and subsequent upgrading according to TSI 2022 standards to be completed by 2027.

Alstom and SFBW will also define requirements for train integrity monitoring, Future Railway Mobile Communication System upgrading and Open CCS On-board Reference Architecture, with implementation forming part of the contract.

The project will be undertaken by Alstom’s signalling site in Berlin, in co-operation with its ETCS centre in Charleroi and sites in Braunschweig, Salzgitter, Mannheim, Hennigsdorf, Bengaluru, Bucuresti, and Lyon-Villeurbanne. Series installation will take place close to Stuttgart or in Hennigsdorf.

‘In addition to equipping Stuttgart’s S-Bahn trains with our latest digital signalling technology, we are pleased to now be retrofitting the network’s regional trains as well’, said Michael Konias, Head of Digital & Integrated Systems at Alstom for Germany, Austria & Switzerland. ’This will enable us to make an even greater contribution to the Stuttgart Digital Node lighthouse project and to the digitalisation of German rail transport. The assignment once again underlines our growth in the field of signalling technology and the positive synergies resulting from the Bombardier Transportation acquisition.’