Alstom delivered Turkey's first locomotive equipped with ETCS Level 1 and 2 for the Eskişehir – Kütahya – Alayunt – Balıkesir railway line.
The agency's statement is as follows: As part of a contract with the Republic of Turkey State Railways (TCDD) to supply the signaling and telecommunication systems on the line connecting Eskişehir, approximately 260 km east of Ankara, to Balıkesir, near the Aegean coast, the European Train Control System (ETCS) ) delivered the first of 1 locomotives equipped with levels 2 and 26. This 328 km long railway line also serves the city of Kütahya.
The new signaling system will enable TCDD to manage the railway services in the Eskişehir - Balıkesir corridor efficiently and smoothly. It will also be possible to increase the capacity of the line.
Eskişehir – Kütahya – Alayunt – Balıkesir (EKB) project, including the design, manufacture and supply of the entire line, as a trackside and on-board modernization project for the EKB line, the latest technology ERTMS/ETCS Level 1 and 2 based Alstom signaling system Atlas, the interlocking solution It includes Smartlock and Iconis, an integrated control center. In addition, Alstom supplies level crossing systems, technical equipment buildings, as well as power distribution and uninterrupted power supply systems. In the Alayunt – Afyon line section, the GSM-R system is provided for the project.
Mama Sougoufara, General Manager of Alstom MENAT and Turkey, said: “As a long-term partner, we are committed to continuing to support TCDD's mission of developing railway technology and improving the safety and capacity of the line. With the new ETCS, it will provide an enhanced level of safety for locomotives beyond the possibilities of the old Automatic Train Protection systems (ATP). It will also reduce the total operating cost of the EKB line and standardize the line length and on-board equipment while providing common communication between countries. We are proud of what we have achieved together with TCDD.” said.
Alstom has been operating in Turkey for over 60 years as a leading provider of signaling and train control technology, offering turnkey transportation systems for rolling stock, metro and trams. The Istanbul office hosts the regional center for Alstom's digital and integrated systems expertise, as well as system and infrastructure project teams, providing project management, engineering, training and maintenance services.