This 328-km long rail link also serves the city of Kutahya.
The contract is worth nearly €89 million and covers the design, manufacturing and supply of the complete trackside “Atlas” – Alstom’s signalling system based on level 1 & 2 of the proven ERTMS/ETCS -, “Smartlock” interlocking solution and Iconis, an integrated control centre. Alstom will also supply level crossing systems, technical equipment buildings as well as power distribution and uninterrupted power supply systems. ERTMS/ETCS on-board equipment, together with local on board Automatic Train Stop (ATS) device will be installed on 27 TCDD locomotives.
Modernization and equipment work is expected to last 36 months. Atlas equipment will be manufactured at Alstom’s Villeurbanne site (France). The newly equipped system will come into service in November 2014.
The new signalling system will enable TCDD to manage its rail services on the Eskişehir-Balıkesir corridor efficiently and seamlessly. It will make possible to increase TCDD trains’ average operational speed up to 160 km/hour and the line’s capacity by also improving its safety.
Alstom’s employees in Turkey, supported by Alstom signalling expertise centres will continue to contributing to the fulfilment of the TCDD investment programme for the modernization of its conventional railway lines. Alstom’s installation of its Atlas ERTMS solution on the Eskişehir – Balıkesir line represents a further step towards Eurasian rail market uniformity, which will facilitate border crossings, increase the lines’ operational capacity, maximize traffic safety and reduce travel time.