In the domain of control & signalling technology for local and long-distance rail transport, Thales is one of the leading providers of trackside equipment worldwide. The Group’s solutions include electronic interlocking systems, train protection systems and axle counters.
We are also a leading provider of the European Train Control System (ETCS). Thanks to the successful realisation of a number of large-scale projects, Thales has developed a team of recognised specialists in the field of train control installations in Switzerland, and has built a competence centre for interoperability services (IOP services) for ETCS-compliant solutions. Thales’ ETCS solution ensures the continuous transfer of information between the track and the train, enabling continuous monitoring and control of permitted speeds.
In 2003, Thales won a contract to equip the thirty-five kilometre Lötschberg Base Tunnel with rail signalling solutions. The tunnel, consisting of the Group’s ETCS Level 2 train control system, consequently opened in 2007. More recently, as a partner of the Transtec Gotthard consortium, Thales is working to help open what will be the longest rail tunnel in the world; the fifty-seven kilometre Gotthard Base Tunnel. Thales is to supply the entire signalling infrastructure. The tunnel is due to open in the summer of 2016.