Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Bombardier wins first modern signaling contract in Pakistan

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Bombardier Transportation, in consortium with China Railway Signal & Communication Corp (CRSC), has won an order to deliver the BOMBARDIER INTERFLO 200 mainline signaling solution on the Bin Qasim to Mirpur Mathelo Double Line Section of the Karachi-Lahore line in Pakistan. The contract, valued at approximately $57 million, with Bombardier's share amounting to approximately $38 million, was awarded by Pakistan Railways (PR).

Leading the consortium, Bombardier is responsible for the design, manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of the modern signaling system on a turnkey basis for the 328-km (203-mile) line, which includes 23 stations. The scope will include Bombardier's globally installed EBI Lock 950 computer-based interlocking (CBI) and EBI Screen 2000 control center systems.

This is the first in the planned upgrade of the Karachi-Lahore line to modernize the signaling systems in Pakistan and will be the first electronic interlockings to be delivered in Pakistan. 

Anders Lindberg, president, Rail Control Solutions, Bombardier Transportation, said: "This is an important contract for Bombardier - introducing our proven EBI Lock and EBI Screen technology in a new market. We are also pleased to be able to re-establish our relationship with the customer and that our technology will contribute to the modernization of the rail signaling systems in Pakistan.

INTERFLO 200 signaling solutions are typically used for busy, high speed networks where headways are reduced and higher safety levels are required. INTERFLO 200 can be complemented with a national automatic train protection (ATP) system and can later be upgraded to European Rail Traffic Management system (ERTMS) operation. INTERFLO 200 has been installed extensively across the world in countries including Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Thailand.

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