Alstom Spain milestones 2019:
Alstom Spain to supply 34 regional trains to CFL in Luxemburg
Alstom has been awarded a contract to supply 34 regional high-capacity double-deck trains from the Coradia range to CFL for a total of around €360 million. The new fleet will include 80-metre and 160-metre long trains to be delivered from December 2021 onwards. The trains, which will be able to reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h, will run on the national network, as well as in Belgium and France.
The trains are designed and developed by an international team of experts of five different nationalities (Germany, Belgium, Spain, France and Italy) . They will be manufactured at Alstom’s site in Barcelona (Spain).
Fundación ONCE and Alstom agreement to improve accessibility in transport
Fundación ONCE and Alstom have signed a collaboration agreement to improve universal accessibility in transport and achieve full inclusion of people with disabilities. From this perspective, Alstom and Fundación ONCE commit to promote accessibility in design projects and create solutions “that improve usability and comfort for people with disabilities or for the senior population in transport”.
For this reason, Alstom will promote universal accessibility in all its products and services. Alstom will also participate in R&D projects that aim to provide added value for people with disabilities or with special needs.
Alstom will develop a driving simulator for Barcelona Metro
Barcelona Metro operator, TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona), has awarded Alstom a contract for the development of a S9000 trains driving simulator, dedicated to lines 9 and 10, the unique driverless ones currently in operation in Spain.
The solution will consist of a training system, including a virtual reality station, that incorporate the latest simulation technologies for routes, conditions and obstacles. The simulator will create real scenarios and situations employing the virtual reality technology already used by video games developers.
This simulator, which includes a full-scale cabin reproduction of the Alstom’s Metropolis S9000 train, will allow instruct operator technicians in a quick and efficient resolution of incidents on automatic lines.
Alstom participates in an infrastructure smart maintenance innovation project.
Alstom, together with Adif, Ferrovial and Insitu, has successfully developed the Sentinel project, an innovation program that aims to create a new prototype of a smart system for managing and maintaining railway infrastructure by using structured big data to get a fast, full picture of the state and evolution of the railway line. The Sentinel project has been co-financed by the Center for Industrial Technological Development and by the European Union through the Structural Funds for Regional Development, through the program FEDER-INNTERCONECTA 2016.
During this three-year-project, innovation teams have worked to integrate a data-capturing device into maintenance vehicles for railway lines and feed a database with a corresponding system of geographical information. That way, it can update an automatic or semi-automatic inventory of railway assets, at the same time as it reviews and evaluates parts of the railway, thereby optimizing maintenance operations.
This automated inventory of assets gives a fast, dynamic, combined panorama of all the pieces of infrastructure and parts of the network, such as lanes, tap bolts, railroad ties, markers, signals… The system’s characteristics are continuity and precision, such that continually updating the inventory lets changes in the infrastructure parts be analysed and tracked over time in order to predict changes, failures, or emergency situations, as well as allowing for monitoring of digital maintenance and inspection by maintenance personnel. Technology related to Industry 4.0 was used to develop it, including big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence and vision, models and simulations, European GNSS, and satellites.
Alstom’s Atlas ERTMS level 2 technology in Valladolid-León High Speed corridor starts commercial services
In July 2019 the Alstom`s Atlas ERTMS Level 2 traffic control system entered in commercial services on the Valladolid-Palencia-León High Speed Line.
Thanks to the ERTMS Level 2 technology, the Valladolid-Leon line has increased its safety and train’s speed, with the consequent reduction of travel times and an increase in the network capacity and regularity.
The project has been successfully developed after almost 10,000 km of tests and virtual demos made by the Alstom Signalling Centre of Excellence located in Madrid.
The implementation of the latest ERTMS level 2 technology will allow the operator to know the coordinates of the trains in real time (thanks to the use of GSM-R mobile communication devices), and thus increase the safety, efficiency, availability and speed of the line.
With over 15 years of experience installing ERTMS solutions, Alstom is a global pioneer in its development and implementation and a worldwide leader in on-board equipment. With projects in 30 countries, Alstom has installed 38% of ERTMS L2 Trackside in service in Europe and equipped over 7,000 trains of 160 different types with its Atlas ERTMS solution. Atlas is a scalable solution that can be adapted to all types of traffic and operational needs: passengers and freight, high-speed or suburban.Alstom’s signalling engineering and technology centre in Spain executes national projects and take part in some international projects. Highlights of ERTMS references recently awarded in Spain include the high-speed lines of the West Coast corridor (Albacete-Alicante), the Mediterranean corridor (connection with the French border), the Zaragoza-Huesca link and the Northwest corridor (Valladolid-León-Burgos). Alstom has also installed or is installing the on-board equipment for the suburban networks of Madrid and Barcelona; for Renfe Ave high-speed trains (Series 100, 104 and 114) and for the Haramain project high Speed trains.
Alstom presents in Malaga its SRS ground-based recharging system for electric buses
Alstom presented in Malaga, Spain, the latest innovation in its proven range of ground-based recharging systems – SRS dedicated to electric buses. The premiere, as part of the PALOMA pilot project currently underway in the southern Spanish city, sees a prototype of SRS for e-buses operating at a bus stop in front of the University of Malaga’s School of Industrial Engineering. It is equipped with a 200kW charger and is associated with a twelve-metre Linkker e-bus which is running on Bus Line 1, operated by EMT, the local transport operator.
Alstom’s SRS for e-buses offers numerous advantages to cities and bus operators. SRS is a completely safe, ground-level, conductive, static recharge system allowing the charging of on-board equipment automatically, in “top-up” mode in a few minutes on a bus line, or within the depots, when off duty. As a ground-based solution, it eliminates the need for overhead infrastructure in cities, preserving the aesthetics of the urban landscape. In depots, SRS avoids the infrastructure costs associated with overhead charging systems and maximises ease of maintenance, with onboard access compatible with existing pits within workshops. SRS is scalable, interoperable and non-proprietary, meaning it can be used for fleets of various bus types, regardless of manufacturer or changes in battery technology.
SRS for e-buses is based on Alstom’s SRS static recharge technology for trams, a proven solution already in operation in Nice, France. For more than 15 years, Alstom has been developing and deploying catenary-free recharge solutions that enable the complete technical and aesthetic integration of trams into historic city centres. These APS and SRS solutions have been sold to 12 cities around the globe and have seen more than 40 million kilometres of tram operation.
Alstom to supply 42 Metropolis trains for Barcelona Metro
Alstom has signed a contract with Barcelona Metro operator TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) to supply 42 Metropolis trains to replace those currently running on lines 1 and 3 of the network. The contract, valued at over €260 million, includes the design, manufacturing and commissioning of the trains. The five-car trains will be manufactured in Alstom’s Barcelona site and delivered to TMB within two and a half years.
According to the specifications, the new Metropolis trains will meet strict sustainability criteria; light structure, low energy consumption, high levels of recoverability and recyclability, technical reliability and ease of maintenance. The trains will also be equipped with remote sensors for optimal maintenance.
Alstom also puts the passenger at the heart of its design process. The trains for Barcelona will be built with the comfort of passengers in mind, offering accessibility, wide doors and spaces to facilitate passenger flow, acoustic comfort, vibration mitigation and passenger information in real time. Both external an internal design features will remain faithful to the TMB brand but will also add new visual elements that reflect the identity of Barcelona, such as graphics on the doors that represent Barcelona’s urban landscape.
The new trains for Barcelona will benefit from the experience and reliability of Alstom’s Metropolis range, currently in circulation on lines 9 and 10 of the Barcelona Metro, incorporating innovative technological solutions and meeting TMB’s requirements in terms of reliability, availability, safety and comfort. Alstom has more than 65 years’ experience in the production of metros, having sold over 17,000 metro cars operating in 55 cities worldwide and carrying 30 million passengers every day.
Pioneer test in Zaragoza with Mastria, Alstom’s multimodal solution
CTAZ (Transport Consortium of Zaragoza Area) and Alstom in Spain are developing a pilot innovation project, based on Alstom’s multimodal solution Mastria, to improve metropolitan bus network management. The ultimate objective is to resolve incidents more quickly in a real time basis and help to improve route planning.
Based on the innovative Mastria technology for urban mobility smart management, the objective of this project undertaken by Alstom and CTAZ is to improve bus service efficiency using Big Data and machine learning tools.
The fleet of buses coordinated by CTAZ on which the innovation project will be based includes 6 different operators and covers 30 municipalities, with a total of 25 lines. The organization of this complex network, which annually transports over 5 million passengers, represents a real challenge, as the different operators have diverse internal management mechanisms. The prototype resulting from this joint research aims to coordinate in real time all the network information and improve incident resolution efficiency thereby, offering an improved service for passengers.
Mastria is a pioneering multimodal supervision solution addressed to operators and transport Authorities worldwide. Thanks to Mastria, all the actors of mobility in a given city can be linked: bus, tram and metro networks but also taxi, shared cars, bikes and police, etc. This technology objective is to maximise fluidity between all the means of transportation in a city and to orchestrate passenger routes. Thanks to the application of advance data analytics, it can also predict and anticipate possible incidents, in order to improve mobility management within the city.
Alstom completes Recoletos Tunnel Project in a record time
Alstom completed, in a record time of five months, the project to modernize the signalling of the Recoletos Tunnel, in the section of the tunnel between Atocha and Chamartín, in Maddrid, Spain. The project has included the complete renovation of the signalling and protection systems (ASFA Digital), the installation of new fixed communications systems, as well as the coordination and synchronization with the other works being carried out in the infrastructure at the same time (roads and catenary).
Thanks to this comprehensive reform, the reliability of the line and its facilities has been improved, which has resulted in a higher quality of the service, especially in Madrid suburban network. In addition, it eases and improves the infrastructure maintenance works, while passengers’ comfort is increased. At the same time, security measures of the tunnel has been reinforced, facilitating evacuation, if necessary.
Over seven kilometres in length, the Recoletos Tunnel is a key infrastructure for the Spanish railway network. This is the tunnel that supports more traffic in the entire network, with about 3,290 weekly circulations (98% are suburban trains). Last June, Adif, Spanish Railway Infrastructure Administrator, started the works for its comprehensive remodeling, including the signalling renewal, track replacement and new catenaries installation.
Alstom was awarded with the part of the project in charge of the signalling renewal between the Atocha Cercanías and Chamartín stations, including new interlocks for Nuevos Ministerios and Chamartín train stations, the installation of digital ASFA balises and other infrastructure equipment that will allow to increase the security and the number of circulations in the network.
Alstom certified as a Top Employer Europe and Top Employer Spain 2020
As Top Employer Europe, Alstom has joined a prestigious group of companies that are committed to the highest European standards regarding the working environment and a great dedication to HR excellence
Alstom has been awarded Top Employer Europe for 2020, having been certified by the Top Employers Institute, in six countries: France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Belgium and UK.
Certified organisations dedicate themselves to providing the very best working environment for employees through their progressive Human Resources (HR) practices.
More specifically, the HR Best Practices Survey measures close to 600 practices, in order to evaluate the company’s employee conditions. The international independent audit, Top Employers Institute, covers on ten different topics: Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning, On-boarding, Learning and Development, Performance Management, Compensation and Benefits, Career and Succession Management, Leadership Development and Culture.