Bane NOR signs major train control systems contracts

The traffic management centre in Oslo. Photo: Hilde Lillejord.
The traffic management centre in Oslo. Photo: Hilde Lillejord.

Bane NOR has penned three major signalling and telecoms contracts with Siemens, Alstom and Thales in Norway.

At a board meeting on March 14, infrastructure manager Bane NOR awarded a €800 million contract to Siemens to upgrade the signalling equipment of the entire Norwegian rail network to the European Train Control System. It also awarded a NOK 2 billion (∼€200 million) deal with Alstom for onboard train equipment.

Bane NOR said that some of its signalling systems date back to the 1950s and are outdated and difficult to replace.

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The contracts are due to be signed in April, with work taking place over a 10-year period.

In addition, Bane NOR has signed a NOK 600 million (∼€63 million) contract with Thales for a new traffic management system, replacing three old systems in the process.

The deals are part of the national rollout of ERTMS as Bane NOR invests more than €16 billion in digitisation and automation.

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