Ansaldo wins signalling and train control contracts in US and Australia

Ansaldo STS, a unit of Finmeccanica, has signed new signalling and train control system contracts in the US and Australia, worth €81.2m.

In the US, the company has secured a €73.4m contract to supply a positive train control (PTC) system to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), that will manage SEPTA’s regional rail system, serving five counties in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region.

In Australia, Xstrata Coal has awarded a €7.8m signalling and train control contract to the company, to upgrade the rail infrastructure of its Ravensworth Mine Complex in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.

The design, building, testing and commissioning of the signalling, communications and train control system will be carried out by Ansaldo at the Ravensworth Mine Complex using MicroLok II interlocking, which is used in railways across Australia.

The company will also design the phoenix train control system, which supports the use of signalling systems in several operating environments, including mainline freight and heavy haul.

Last month, Xstrata had received approval from the Queensland government for its $6.3bn Wandoan mine in Australia.

The proposed open cut mine in Queensland’s Surat Basin would produce 30 million tonnes of coal a year for the next 30 years, which is expected to be transported to the export market by rail.

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