Thales and SBG sign an Agreement to Implemet TCS on North-South Railway Project

Thales and SBG sign an Agreement to Implemet TCS on North-South Railway Project
April 9, 2009 11:56 am

Thales has signed a contract worth €340m with the Saudi BinLadin Group (SBG), to implement train control systems on the main line of the North-South railway project.

The North-South Railway project, managed by the Saudi Railway Company (SAR), represents a major infrastructure project in Saudi Arabia and in connecting the capital Riyadh, with the North of the country. The new railway track will stretch from the capital to the Jordanian border and from Al Jalamid to the Arabian Gulf, and will include seven passenger and freight stations as well as 41 sidings and junctions.

Thales executive vice president Olivier Houssin said that the contract confirms ETCS as a global technology and places Thales in pole position in the region.

Thales European Train Control System (ETCS) level 2 system will be implemented by the Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund (PIF) across 2,400km of the new rail project.

The contract represents the first implementation of the ETCS level 2 in the Middle East and at the same time, the longest implementation of the ETCS standard in the world.

The new line is expected to be fully operational by 2013. As part of the project, Thales will be supplying turnkey main-line signalling, telecommunication, supervision, security and fare collection systems. SBG will be responsible for the completion of the overall construction works and supporting services. is a railway information and news platform. Website presents from all around the world railway sector news, developments, projects and tender for the sector specialists. Railwaynews supports to industry events and announced them for potential participants. Railwaynews plans to collecting data from all around the world, about railway infrastructure, rolling stock, railway transportation datum, geographical datum to present for railway professionals for short term. Railwaynews will build new platforms aims to high value railway business environment for all railway specialists, railway fans and especially railway suppliers and their decision makers. Railwaynews presents whole information from rail professionals to rail professionals.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

No comments yet, be the first filling the form below.