Alstom is equipping first test train with on-board train control system in Norway

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Alstom is equipping the first test train; a Di8 locomotive owned by Vy, with its on-board signalling solution in the Grorud depot near Oslo. This is the first vehicle to be equipped as part of a large frame contract that covers the installation of on-board signalling on 467 trains of 55 different types.

Serial train fittings are due to start in 2021, and the first trains switching to ERTMS for commercial service in Norway are planned to be operational by 2022. Installation onboard the complete Norwegian fleet will be completed by 2026.

Alstom will install a solution that features a dual system enabling the trains to run on legacy lines equipped with ATC-2 system, whilst being also able to run on lines newly equipped with the ERTMS Level 2 system. The design of the dual system minimises hardware equipment by sharing some on-board components, namely the balise antenna, the wheel sensors and the failsafe computer.

The contract for the on-board signalling project was signed in June 2018 and consists of frame contracts for 14 different railway vehicle owners, negotiated by Bane NOR on behalf of the participating train owners. The depot, where installation is performed, is located next to Campus Nyland; a test, training and competence hub recently inaugurated by Bane NOR for the implementation of ERTMS in Norway.

"We are very pleased to now start the next phase of the project and begin installing the hardware on the first vehicle and setting up our depot. The new on-board system will contribute to making the Norwegian railway network more efficient and reliable, reducing delays for passengers and freight services, while guaranteeing the highest levels of safety," said Rob Whyte, Managing Director of Alstom in the Nordics.

“A successful ERTMS implementation depends upon operational vehicles. Alstom is the leading company for onboard equipment. I am convinced Alstom will succeed with a timely technical solution as well as the physical rebuild of the trains, and I am very pleased to literally have them onboard. The Norwegian rail vehicle owners put their trust with Alstom,” says Sverre Kjenne, Executive Vice President Digitalisation and Technology, Bane NOR.

Alstom’s Atlas is the worldwide number one in on-board ERTMS equipment, representing 70% of the on-board systems in service in ERTMS Level 2. Today, across 20 countries, trains under Atlas supervision have covered over 150 million kilometres, including Deutsche Bahn’s ICE3 fleet recently equipped in Germany. Alstom has also delivered the first ERTMS Level 3 in commercial service in the world in Germany.

For more information, please contact
Maria Parent,
Communications Director, Alstom Nordics
Phone: +46 76 807 65 50

About Alstom
Leading the way to greener and smarter mobility worldwide, Alstom develops and markets integrated systems that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Alstom offers a complete range of equipment and services, from high-speed trains, metros, trams and e-buses to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Alstom recorded sales of €8.1 billion and booked orders of €12.1 billion in the 2018/19 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 36,300




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