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    Hitachi Rail’s acquisition of Thales GTS approved


    EUROPE: The European Commission has approved Hitachi Rail’s proposed €1·66bn acquisition of Thales’ Ground Transportation Systems business, subject to agreed divestments to preserve competition in the signalling market. The announcement on October 30 means the deal has now been cleared by all 13 competition authorities which ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Regulator approves Hitachi Rail acquisition of Thales GTS


    UK: The Competition & Markets Authority has approved Hitachi Rail’s proposed €1·7bn purchase of Thales’ Ground Transportation business following Hitachi’s offer to sell its existing main line signalling business in the UK, France and Germany. CMA will need to approve the purchaser, and key customers will ...

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    Hitachi Rail restarts EU approval process for Thales GTS acquisition


    EUROPE: Hitachi Rail has refiled its merger notification with the European Commission, formally restarting the clearance process for its proposed acquisition of Thales’s Ground Transportation Systems business in the EU. Regulatory approvals have been obtained in 11 of the 13 required jurisdictions since the planned €1·66bn ...

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    Metro Report International

    Double-deck trams offer passengers more payment options


    CHINA: Thales and Golong International Technology Co have supplied an integrated electronic system to increase the number of fare payment options on Hong Kong’s traditional tramway. RATP Dev’s Hong Kong Tramways Ltd has a fleet of 165 trams and carries 150 000 passengers/day. ...

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    ETCS Level 1 deployed around Bangkok


    THAILAND: A consortium of Thales and River Engineering has completed a project to deploy ETCS Level 1 across 321 route-km and 48 stations on State Railway of Thailand’s Northern, Northeastern, Eastern and Southern lines radiating from Bangkok. The programme began in 2019 and covered routes from ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Competition & Markets Authority narrows concerns over Hitachi acquisition of Thales signalling business


    UK: Hitachi Rail’s planned €1·7bn acquisition of Thales’ Ground Transportation Systems business would not result in a substantial lessening of competition in the UK communications-based train control market, the Competition & Markets Authority says in an update of its provisional conclusions on the transaction. The announcement ...

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    ETCS Level 2 installed on Sopron – Szentgotthárd line


    HUNGARY: Thales has completed equipping the 110 km Sopron – Szombathely – Szentgotthárd line with ETCS Level 2, the supplier announced on May 30. The single-track electrified line is maintained and operated by Austro-Hungarian cross-border railway group GySEV. Thales says its equipment is capable of automatically ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Hitachi acquisition of Thales GTS could reduce signalling competition, warns UK M&A regulator


    UK: Hitachi’s proposed €1·7bn acquisition of Thales’ Ground Transportation business could lead to a substantial lessening of competition in the British signalling market, the Competition & Markets Authority has provisionally concluded.

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    Metro Report International

    Ankeng light rail line opens in New Taipei


    TAIWAN: Mayor of New Taipei Hou Yu-ih attended the official opening of the Ankeng light rail line on February 10. Celebrations included music, a plant market and the sale of sets of three bottles of commemorative beer representing the Ankeng, Danhai and Circular lines. A free ...

  • Lleida - Figueres line (Photo Thales)

    Thales to maintain signalling on ‘demanding’ section of high speed line


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF Alta Velocidad has awarded Thales a contract to maintain signalling and traffic management systems on the Lleida – Barcelona Sants – Figueras section of the Madrid – Figueras high speed line. Thales said the reliability requirements and traffic density on this route, ...

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    Metre-gauge line to be resignalled


    SPAIN: ADIF has awarded Thales a 27-month contract worth €20·8m to supply ASFA Digital ATP to replace telephone block working on the 101 km single track, non-electrified Ortigueira – Ribadeo section of the Oviedo – Ferrol metre gauge line along the north coast. Existing colour light ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Competition concerns over Hitachi’s planned acquisition of Thales signalling business


    UK: The Competition & Markets Authority has expressed concern that Hitachi Rail’s planned acquisition of Thales’ Ground Transportation Business could eliminate a credible competitor for the supply of signalling systems, at a time when efforts are being made to increase competition in the UK market. Hitachi ...

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    Dutch ticketing equipment maintenance contract renewed


    NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS has awarded Thales a €120m eight-year contract for maintenance and support of the 1 700 ticket gates, 1 600 validators and 750 ticket vending machines at the country’s 400 stations. The framework agreement announced on November 22 marks the renewal of ...

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    Etihad Rail signs agreements with Alstom, SNCF, Progress Rail and Thales


    UAE: Etihad Rail has signed memoranda of understanding with SNCF International, Alstom, Progress Rail and Thales at InnoTrans, aiming to support economic development by driving the growth of the rail industry in the UAE and the region.

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    Metro Report International

    Cairo Metro Line 4 ticketing and telecoms contract awarded


    EGYPT: National Authority for Tunnels has awarded Thales, Orascom Construction and Colas Rail a turnkey contract to design and deploy the telecoms, control and ticketing systems for Cairo Metro Line 4 Phase 1 and provide two years of maintenance. The east-west Line 4 is being developed ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Class 43 ETCS retrofit project makes progress


    UK: Thales and leasing company Porterbrook have announced the successful retrofitting of three Class 43 HST power cars with ETCS onboard equipment complying with UNISIG baseline B3R2. Following successful ETCS Level 2 Testing at Network Rail’s Melton Rail Innovation & Development Centre ...

  • Transport agency PT Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta has signed memoranda of understanding with Alstom and Thales to explore technology and procurement options for future urban rail projects.
    Metro Report International

    MoUs to explore Jakarta urban rail options


    INDONESIA: Transport agency PT Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta has signed memoranda of understanding with Alstom and Thales to explore technology and procurement options for future urban rail projects. There are plans to expand Jakarta’s urban rail network to 235 km by 2035, to reduce traffic congestion ...

  • Thales TPWS Mk4
    Rail Business UK

    Thales launches TPWS Mk4 Single Cab Control Unit


    UK: Thales has launched the Mk4 version of its Train Protection & Warning System control unit, which is designed to offer additional features through a simple upgrade from previous versions. The first deployments of the Mk4 will be with Northern Ireland Railways and Chiltern Railways, where ...

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    Thales awarded Mediterranean Corridor signalling contract


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager Adif Alta Velocidad has awarded Thales a contract for signalling renewals on the 155 km Castellón de la Plana – L’Ametlla section of the Valencia – Barcelona main line, and on the 13 km branch linking L’Aldea Amposta with Tortosa.

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    Metro Report International

    Montréal metro interlocking contract


    CANADA: Montréal transport operator STM has awarded Thales a contract to provide computer-based interlockings at a further eight metro stations. This is an extension of contract awarded in 2018 which covered signalling renewals at an initial eight stations and depots. The project aims to improve the ...