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Countries, cities and transport operators rely on Thales’ ground transportation solutions to adapt to rapid urbanization and meet new mobility demands – locally, between cities and across national frontiers. Our expertise in signalling, communications, fare collection and cybersecurity gives people and goods the connected journey they need to move safely and efficiently. And no matter how challenging the project, we stay by your side, committed to helping you creating the digital railways of the future.

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With more than 20 years’ of experience on the Romanian market, Thales rail signaling solutions revitalize existing rail networks and ensure greenfield installations start off right. Thales has played a major role in modernizing Romanian railway network and has been a pioneer in many signalling innovations and developments in CFR along history. Thales won multiple signaling projects to refurbish CFR Romanian legacy systems, that increased the capacity of passenger and freight networks, and accompany CFR to build future network.

The first major project completed being the Bucharest North complex, Timisoara, Arad and Brasov stations equipped with modern Thales electronic interlocking and in commercial operations since 2004. Thales is the first company in Romania to successfully implement the ETCS (European Train Control System) level 1 system on Pan-European Corridor section Fetesti Constanta. The main purpose of this investment was to improve safety and increase the maximum speed of trains up to 150 km/h for passenger trains.

Another important milestone was the successful delivery of the first ETCS level-2 system in Romania, a world premiere considering the fact that was the first ETCS Level 2 on conventional lines, mixed traffic. Romanian ERTMS Level 2 Pilot Project has been successfully finalized by Thales in 2015.

On the secondary lines Thales has introduced the first line electronic interlocking, on the Ilia-Lugoj line, a modern electronic interlocking control, today covering 7 stations and 75km of the conventional line. On another almost 100 km of the track, west part of Romania, on Rhine Danube Corridor, Thales is currently implementing modern rail signalling systems including ETCS Level 2. Two new Radio Block Centers and 7 new electronic interlockings will be put into commercial operation by 2023.

CFR can rely on Thales for all safety critical systems and innovative digital mobility services that will contribute with safety and implement all future CFR development plans which finally will improve end user experience.