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Bombardier Wins First Contract for Mediterranean Corridor, Spain

July 19, 2013 Madrid Transportation,  Press Release

  • ADIF chooses the BOMBARDIER INTERFLO 200 mainline solution
  • Link between Spanish ports and European freight corridors to be improved
  • Upgrade will feature a third rail solution to allow interoperability


Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has won the first contract awarded by ADIF as part of the upgrade of the Mediterranean Corridor between Alicante and Barcelona to deliver its BOMBARDIER INTERFLO 200 mainline solution. The section between San Vicente and Tarragona will be equipped by Bombardier, part of a longer section of the Mediterranean Corridor being equipped by a consortium comprising Bombardier and other signalling equipment suppliers. The total contract is valued at approximately 61 million euro ($80 million US), with Bombardier’s share valued at approximately 17 million euro ($22 million US).

The Mediterranean Corridor will be upgraded over three years as part of ADIF’s infrastructure improvement plans, which will result in better connections between the Spanish harbours and European freight routes. This will feature the adoption of a dual gauge solution with three rails that will allow either Spanish or international gauge traffic. Bombardier’s scope on the San Vicente to Tarragona section will involve the installation of two new and the upgrade of five existing BOMBARDIER EBI Lock 950 computer-based interlocking (CBI) systems. This first contract is planned for completion by March 2015.

INTERFLO 200 signalling solutions are typically used for busy, mainline 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 including in Brazil, Russia and Thailand and across Europe, and was recently chosen for one of the largest conventional mainline re-signalling projects in Durban, South Africa.

Bombardier Transportation’s Rail Control Solutions portfolio covers the whole range of BOMBARDIER CITYFLO mass transit solutions, from manual to fully automatic, as well as communications-based systems. It also provides INTERFLO mainline solutions, from conventional to ERTMS Level 2 systems. Bombardier also provides a complete palette of wayside and onboard signalling products.

About Bombardier Transportation in Spain

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. Eighty years ago, the first Bombardier product in Spain was placed into service – a mechanical interlocking that began operating in the Cariñena station in Zaragoza in 1932. Due to its superior quality, it controlled rail traffic at that station until 2007. Since then, Bombardier has taken part in some of the country’s major railway projects. Examples of its activities include the very high speed trains AVE S102 and S112, the high speed train AVE S130 and the BOMBARDIER TRAXX freight locomotives for RENFE, the advanced BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 system for Metro Madrid, the new trams for Valencia and Alicante, and the "people mover" of the Madrid Barajas (T4) airport. Bombardier also performs important train fleet maintenance services in Spain.

Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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BOMBARDIER, INTERFLO, CITYFLO, EBI and TRAXX are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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