Hungary chooses Alcatel for 22 million Euro rail contracts

Alcatel has been awarded contracts worth over 22 million Euros to supply electronic interlocking systems and a standardised European Train Control System in Hungary.

Alcatel announced yesterday that it has been awarded two contracts worth over 22 million Euros by Hungarian Railways to supply electronic interlocking systems and a standardised European Train Control System (ETCS).

The first contract requires Alcatel to equip the Budapest-Cegléd-Szolnok main line with modern electronic interlocking systems. The second contract concerns the line between Budapest and the Austrian border, which will be upgraded with the ETCS.

For the Budapest-Cegléd-Szolnok line, Alcatel will provide its Alcatel 6131 LockTrac system (Elektra). Alcatel will have a full turnkey responsibility covering the design, the delivery and the installation of the interlocking equipment for the Vecses, Üllö and Monor stations located south of Budapest. In addition, a central traffic control system located in Monor will complement the system in order to monitor the trains on this section of railway track.

To control trains on the 170 km Budapest-Austrian border, Alcatel will deliver its Alcatel 6413 AlTrac system, which is said to be based on the latest European Train Control standards (ETCS Level1). Seventeen Hungarian locomotives of type series V63-100 will be equipped with on-board systems that are able to interface with the equipment along the track.

These new contracts from Hungarian Railways follow a contract won by Alcatel in 2000 to equip the Zall̦v̦ РHodos railway line with Elektra and ETCS train controls.