Thales wins rail signalling and telecoms systems contract in Turkey

Thales to provide signalling, safety, control and telecommunications solutions to Eskisehir station on the Ankara-Istanbul line

Thales wins rail signalling and telecoms systems contract in Turkey

Thales has signed a new contract with Turkish State Railways (TCDD), valued at €10m, for the renovation of the signalling and telecommunication systems of Eskisehir station.

Thales will improve the various systems installed in the station by deploying its ETCS Level 1 signalling technology, which already equips part of the Ankara-Istanbul line. Several bespoke modifications will be made on the existing interlocking and Centralised Train Control systems. The project is expected to take a year to complete.

Eskisehir is one of the key stations on the Ankara-Istanbul line, which connects Turkey’s two most important cities, serving 17 million people. The first phase of this line now operates at high-speed - an upgrade that increased rail traffic and led TCDD to decide to improve the capacity of Eskisehir station.

Thales is one of the main players in the development of the Turkish high-speed network and has installed its signalling and telecommunications solutions on more than 400km of the Ankara-Istanbul line. The Group was the first supplier of ETCS systems in Turkey.

Ali Serdar Baran, country director of Thales in Turkey, said: “The railway signalling sector is a priority market for Thales; one where we bring the expertise and knowledge of more than 60 years of activity in the railway sector to the table. Our on-going collaboration with Turkish State Railways is testament to our continued commitment to the development of the railway network in this country.”


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