ECM, a subsidiary of Progress Rail, and INC, based in Italy, have won a project to modernize the signaling system on the Tirana-Durres railway line in Albania.
The project will see Progress Rail supply the complete signaling system, including the central station and ERTMS L1, computerized interlocking (HMR9), as well as all trackside components.
These will serve more than 34 km of railway line between Tirana public transport terminal and the city of Durres, as well as contribute to the construction of a new 5 km long railway line between Rinas airport and Tirana. .
This project, as well as the following stages, is being implemented as part of a large project to modernize the Albanian rail network.
ECM Managing Director Paolo Covoni said: âOnce the preliminary documentation is finalized, our team will proceed with the design phase, factory testing, installation, testing and commissioning on site. in Pistoia and Genoa, followed by training courses on signaling systems for Albanian railway technicians. . “
In February this year, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced that it would offer financial support, along with the EU, for the rehabilitation of the Albanian rail network.
In the same month, Albania signed a $ 108 million contract with the INC for the rehabilitation of Albanian railways.
At the same time, ECM was selected by Siemens Mobility for the delivery of an on-board signaling subsystem for trains running on Italian lines.
These trains are equipped with the Italian National Automatic Train Protection System (ATP) and the Train Traffic Control System (SCMT).
To ensure business continuity, Progress Rail’s STM SCMT will be integrated into Siemens’ European Train Control System (ETCS).
This contract concerns day and night trains (DaNi) which are supplied directly to the Austrian Federal Railways (ÃBB) by Siemens Mobility.
In March of this year, Bodi International signed an agreement with Progress Rail to purchase 16 EMD SD70ACeLW locomotives to support a rail line in Mongolia.