Train Netherlands

NETHERLANDS: ProRail has awarded Thales its ‘Generic Axle Counter System for ERTMS’ framework contract, which covers the supply of axle counting systems for use in ERTMS deployment projects over eight years plus the provision of 25 years of maintenance.

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With the infrastructure manager expecting to equip more than 600 track-km with the GAST-ERTMS axle counting system by 2032, Thales says the contract signed on December 7 has a potential maximum value of €100m.

‘Until recently, ERTMS was a dot on the horizon’, admitted ProRail CEO John Voppen. ‘I am glad that we are now moving forward, and preparations for its introduction are in full swing. At ProRail, we are happy to work for this together with and for the rail sector. In awarding the contract for the axle counting system, we are taking another great step on the path to tomorrow.’