Technological equipment for the Genoa Node

SITE is playing a leading role in the implementation of a project that RFI itself is calling “of strategic importance for the Liguria Region and the entire country”. The project involves upgrading and bringing the technological systems at the Genoa junction into compliance.
The project
City and regional traffic will be detached from medium- to long-distance passenger and freight traffic through infrastructural and technological development. For passengers this will mean an enhanced and reorganised offering along the coastal and Val Polcevera section whereas in terms of freight transport, it will be a critical step towards making Genoa and its port suitable as one of the poles in the European Code24 corridor linking the city to the port of Rotterdam. With reference to safety and signalling, SITE will be responsible for the second-largest portion of the technological implementation, behind Ansaldo STS. Its role is a particularly delicate one because it will affect the operation of the entire junction. As part of the project, six NX panels (known in Italy as A.C.E.I.) will be brought into compliance, with thousands of relays in each system under the new operating conditions. In addition, a new NX panel will be installed and these systems will be fully interfaced with the new innovative systems put into place by Ansaldo.

Customer: Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), a limited company (SpA) wholly owned by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, responsible for managing the infrastructure of the National Railways.

Opportunity: Work was needed to improve passenger traffic and upgrade the Genoa node, ahead of the link with Rotterdam envisaged by the project for the Genoa – Rotterdam European corridor.

The project SITE is responsible for work that, for RFI, represents a “strategic project for Liguria and the entire country”, being the expansion and technological improvement of the Genoa railway node.
The objective of the infrastructure and technological work is to separate metropolitan and regional traffic from the medium/long-distance and freight traffic. Travellers will enjoy an enhanced and reorganised service along the coast and in Val Polcevera, while the work on freight traffic will crucial for making Genoa and its port suitable as one of the two hubs on European corridor 24 “Bridge between two seas”, linking the city in Liguria with the port of Rotterdam.
Working on safety and signalling, the technological contribution made by SITE will be second only to that made by Ansaldo STS. The task is particularly delicate, with an impact on the functioning of the entire node. Activities include the upgrade of 6 ACEIs (central electrically-controlled shunting/routing installations), with thousands of relays in each installation, to take account of the new operating conditions; in addition, a new ACEI will be installed and everything will be fully interfaced with the innovative new systems installed by Ansaldo.

Advantages: This technological upgrade will benefit regional and commuter traffic considerably, by separating it from medium/long-distance and freight traffic. The implementation of innovative technologies ensures that services will be more regular, improves maintenance and reduces the cost of infrastructure usage.