ERTMS order for China high-speed line

A consortium formed by Ansaldo STS and Chinese firm HollySys has won the signalling and control systems contract for a new high-speed railway line in China, incorporating European-standard ERTMS Level 2 technology.

The 300km/h passenger line will be 460km long, linking Zhengzhou in Henan province and Xi’an in Shaanxi province. It is one of three high-speed train projects for which the Chinese Ministry of Railways has decided to use ERTMS (European Railway Traffic Management System).

The contract to design, build and operate the signalling and control system is worth RMB660m (£49m), of which the HollySys share is RMB151m (£11m). The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.

Ansaldo STS is the technology leader on the project. A partnership agreement with HollySys covers local production of components and equipment, and the two companies will also create a joint venture for the future supply of ERTMS for high-speed rail links throughout China.

Earlier this year Nortel announced that it had been chosen to provide a highly secure GSM-R wireless network for communications between trains and ground staff along the line.

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