Bombardier Is Awarded 2 Signalling Orders For Madrid Metro Lines 1 And 6 Valued At Approximately $135 Million US

Bombardier Transportation received two signalling orders from Madrid Metro for a total value of approximately $135 million US (104M€), to supply its cutting edge CITYFLO 450 CBTC-ATC solution for Lines 1 and 6.

The orders encompass the supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of CITYFLO 450 CBTC-ATC solution (communication-based automatic train control) covering a total of 40.2 kms and 54 stations. They cover as well the onboard equipment for the 117 existing trains that will operate on both lines; EBI Lock electronic interlockings and EBI Screen control rooms.

The two-phase project is scheduled to be finalised in 29 months. During the first phase, the new solutions will interface with the existing signalling system. Once the CITYFLO 450 systems enter operation during the second phase, the existing conventional equipment will be replaced as well by new state-of-the-art devices including EBI Track jointless track circuits and EBI Switch 700 electro-hydraulic point machines as well as LED (Light Emitting Dials) type signals.

Javier Rión, President of Bombardier Transportation, Rail Control Solutions, said: “CITYFLO 450 is a cutting edge train control solution that has been successfully supplied in America and is currently in the process of being installed in Asia. This order constitutes a breakthrough in the European market, being the first on the continent.” He added, “With this order from Metro Madrid, Bombardier strengthens its position in the mass transit signalling market. We are proud to provide our products, solutions and services worldwide, guaranteeing quality and safety requirements supported by our highly trained international employees.”

The CITYFLO 450 solution is an automatic communication-based train control system (CBTC- ATC), which does not require track circuits. Since train-to-wayside communication is provided via two-way radio, the solution can be used as an overlay radio-based train control system to upgrade existing fixed block systems. This technology permits to increase the number of trains in service without compromising safety or incurring major refurbishment costs. Its flexible design allows its easy upgrade to CITYFLO 650, driverless operation.

Bombardier Transportation’s Rail Control Solutions portfolio covers the whole range of mass transit solutions with Bombardier CITYFLO from manual to fully automatic systems, as well as communication-based systems, and mainline solutions Bombardier INTERFLO from conventional systems to ERTMS level 2 systems. Our solutions embrace a complete palette of wayside and onboard products.

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For information:
Hélène V. Gagnon
Director, Communications
North America
+1 450 441-8156