Alstom will supply the ITCS signaling system to China’s Qinghai-Tibet railway line

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A consortium consisting of Alstom and its Chinese joint venture (JV) CASCO Signaling has been awarded a contract by Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company to supply an incremental train control system (ITCS) for the Qinghai-Tibet railway line in China.

Worth over 15 million euros, this contract is the first ITCS contract for Alstom since the integration of GE Signaling. It will see ITCS installed on the Gelmod-Lhasa section of the 1,956km Qinghai-Tibet regional line, which will replace the existing signaling system provided by the former GE Signalling. These improvements are made to increase capacity.

Ling Fang, Alstom General Manager for China and East Asia, said: “This contract is a breakthrough for Alstom after the successful integration of GE signaling.

“With a portfolio of enhanced signaling solutions for city, regional and trunk lines, and through our strategic local partner CASCO, we are China’s preferred partner to support its rail projects across the country.”

“Worth over 15 million euros, this contract is the first ITCS contract for Alstom since the integration of GE Signaling.

Regional passenger and freight trains are operated on the 1,145 km Golmud-Lhasa section, which has 45 stations. Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company has won approval to add 13 new stations to the line by the end of this year, as well as renovate or relocate 18 existing stations by the end of next year .

CASCO Signal was established by Alstom, together with China Railway Signal & Communication Corporation in 1986. To date, it has provided communications-based train control (CBTC) signaling solutions for over 40 metro lines in 18 cities in China.

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CASCO has also provided control centers for more than 70 passenger lines, including Beijing-Shanghai Express Railway and Guangzhou – Zhuhai Intercity Railway.


Image: A train pulled by an NJ2 locomotive travels on the Qinghai-Tibet railway line in China. Photo: Courtesy of Jan Reurink.

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