Thales, based in France, has been awarded a contract to supply technology for the Seville-Malaga-Granada high-speed train line in Spain. The contract, worth approximately €11.6 million, has an execution period of more than 17 months. The company will provide traffic control systems for a new 1.7km bypass link under the terms of the contract.
Thales will be in charge of the traffic control, signaling, train protection, and communications systems on the 1,738-metre-long branch line that connects Almodóvar del Ro and La Marota in the province of Córdoba.
The Seville-Malaga-Granada high-speed train line
The project includes adapting the traffic control systems: Thales technology interlockings and train detection systems (track circuits) of the section; the LZB train protection system (which will be extended along the new bypass track); and the fixed and mobile telecommunications systems to the new operating conditions.
The contract also calls for the new bypass facilities to be maintained for six months.
The new connection bypass will be operational as soon as the work is completed. Passengers will gain time between Seville and Malaga and Granada. This modification will result in a significant improvement in the line’s operation.
Thales and SMRT Trains collaborated last month to develop next-generation rail signaling technologies for sustainable travel in Singapore. The project is part of the “Next-Generation Green CBTC Project,” which is expected to enable Smart Trains to meet its 2050 net zero emissions goal. Thales also received a long-term services contract from SMRT Trains this year in July.