Technological upgrade of the Turin-Padua line

The most important technology contract in the history of the RFI Italian Railway Network was awarded to ATI, a temporary association of companies led by Ansaldo STS and of which SITE was part with the second-largest stake.
The project
The plan entails a technology upgrade on the Turin-Padua railway lines The Company will be involved in a multi-year and multi-technology project, performing on-the-field activities for implementation of innovative signalling systems. The project will also signify a new production startup for SITE. In fact, the range of railway safety products developed by the Ozzano branch will be extended to the Impedance Bonds for which SITE now holds the license, acquired from Ansaldo. The technical bid, too, provided an opportunity for professional growth. Due to the vastness and complexity of the project, in fact, RFI also required suppliers to prepare the Final Plan.

   Technologies Used
  • • Multistation computer-based interlocking (CBI) system
  • Innovative Automatic Block
  • (SCMT) based on the information exchange between ground devices

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: Interoperability of the railway lines along the Lisbon – Kiev European corridor via the installation of ERTMS/ETCS L 2 signalling systems.

The project The most important technology contract in the history of RFI, after the HS project, was awarded to the Consortium led by Ansaldo STS, in which SITE has the second-largest share of the work.
The plan includes the technological upgrade of the Turin-Padua railway lines. The field work will take many years, involving multiple technologies focused on the installation of innovative signalling systems. This project includes a new production start-up for SITE. In particular, the range of railway safety products developed by SITE at its Ozzano site will be extended to include Impedance Bonds, for which SITE has been licensed by Ansaldo. Further professional growth is reflected in the technical offer, as RFI – faced with such a vast and complex project – assigned responsibility for preparing the Final Project to the selected suppliers.

Advantages: In addition to ensuring the interoperability of the railway lines along the Lisbon – Kiev European corridor, this technological upgrade will have considerable benefits for regional and commuter traffic: trains will be more regular, ancillary services will be more efficient, maintenance will be improved and the cost of using the infrastructure will be lowered.
Future developments: The success of this project will enable SITE to participate in technological improvement projects along other stretches of the Lisbon – Kiev European corridor.

Technologies involved

Multistation Computerised Central Equipment (ACCM)
Innovative Lock-and-Block system
SCMT Automatic Train Control System based on the exchange of information with line-side equipment.