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Thales wins signalling work for Ceneri Base Tunnel

17 Sep 16 Thales has won the contract for the signalling system in a 15.4km tunnel being built as a southern extension to the Gotthard Tunnel.

The signalling will be installed in the Ceneri Base Tunnel, 25km south of the Gotthard Tunnel. The new tunnel is the final section of the trans-alpine rail corridor that will link Zurich and Milan with a journey time of less than three hours.

AlpTransit Gotthard’s award of the €57m (£32m) contract to Thales follows the completion of similar work for the Gotthard Tunnel. Thales will again be providing its ETCS Level 2 train control technology, and will have overall responsibility for project management and integration of train command and control systems. The technology will allow for more than 300 trains a day to travel at speeds of up to 250km/h, reducing the journey time between Locarno and Lugano from today's 55 minutes to 22 minutes.

Like Gotthard, Ceneri comprises two single-track tubes separated by a space of 40m. The tunnel is scheduled to open in 2020.

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