Alstom's ETCS solution to improve the punctuality and safety of SNCB fleet

Alstom's ETCS solution to improve the punctuality and safety of SNCB fleet
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The modernization of this rolling stock will take place over the period 2023-2025, with Alstom's Charleroi plant responsible for engineering and supplying the on-board components of the signalling system.


Alstom has won a contract to design, supply, and maintain the latest-generation ETCS signalling systems for 37 HLD77 locomotives in the Belgian rail operator SNCB’s fleet. The modernization of SNCB's HLD77 locomotives will take place between 2023 and 2025, during which Alstom will equip them with the ETCS Level 2 signalling system. 

“I’m delighted with this new order, which attests to the trust SNCB places in the products developed by Alstom. Under this new contract, Alstom will be equipping just over 800 coaches and locomotives in the national operator’s fleet while making the railways safer,” said Bernard Belvaux, Managing Director of Alstom Benelux. 

The implementation of the Level 2 ETCS signalling system will improve the performance and punctuality of SNCB's fleet, offering customers a more efficient and reliable rail service. The system will also improve safety by reducing the risk of accidents and collisions on the rail network.

The partnership between Alstom and SNCB has been strengthened through previous contracts, including the supply of 44 Coradia Stream regional trains and the implementation of the HLD77 locomotive refurbishment program. The Alstom Group’s Charleroi plant is a global development center, and under the new deal, it will be responsible for engineering and supplying the on-board components of the signalling system. It will also provide maintenance, including spare parts and repairs, for a period of 10 years.

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