Broad-based rollout of GSM-Rail on the railway network to ensure traffic safety and performance 5 July 2016

Following the recent rollout of GSM-Rail in the Tours region, 8,000 km of railway lines are now operated with the train-ground radio communication system. It will ultimately be deployed over a total of 16,000 km.

The rollout of the technology increases the performance and safety of the rail network.

 

A new radio communication system […]

Following the recent rollout of GSM-Rail in the Tours region, 8,000 km of railway lines are now operated with the train-ground radio communication system. It will ultimately be deployed over a total of 16,000 km.

The rollout of the technology increases the performance and safety of the rail network.

 

A new radio communication system for a safer, higher-performance network

GSM-Rail is a radio communication system for use by railway operational staff. It replaces the obsolete analogue railway radio networks and improves communication between train drivers and the various railway teams. The new technology, which is close to the standard for the public mobile telephone system, enables control centre dispatchers and train crews to communicate more efficiently. GSM-R also transmits signalling data between trains and traffic control centres.

GSM-Rail facilitates communication, particularly during unforeseen events. It also facilitates rail traffic flows while boosting rail network safety.

In addition, the new communication system supports the construction of a Europe-wide railway system because it is standardised and harmonised across all European networks.

A system installed on 16,000 km of rail lines

Construction of the entire GSM-Rail network was completed on 31 March 2016. The system is currently operated on more than 8,000 km of railway lines and will gradually be extended to cover the remaining 8,000.

SYNERAIL equipped 11,500 km of lines, which involved:

- 1,900 radio communication masts

- 400 tunnels

- 1,684 km of optical fibre

- 400 people assigned to carry out the works

   

A large-scale public-private partnership

This project is being conducted under the public-private partnership awarded by SNCF Réseau in 2010 to Synerail, a company held by SFR (30%), VINCI Concessions (25%), VINCI Energies (5%), ARDIAN Infrastructure (30%) and TDF (10 %). With the overall investment coming to €1.5 billion, the partnership covers financing, construction (11,500 km), operation and maintenance (nearly 16,000 km) of the GSM-Rail system for a period of 15 years.

The works, coordinated by Synerail Construction, a company held by VINCI Energies (60%) and SFR 40%), mobilised up to 400 people from VINCI Energies and TDF, which served as project managers for the site construction and tunnel equipment projects. SFR, meanwhile, handled telecommunication network design.

The SYNERAIL Exploitation company, held by SFR (60%) and VINCI Energies (40%), is in charge of operating and maintaining the network until 2015. It is required to comply with stringent specifications.

 

About SNCF Réseau

Within SNCF Group, one of the world’s leading mobility and logistics groups, SNCF Réseau manages, maintains and sells access to the French rail network, serving all French regions. It guarantees the safety and performance of 30,000 km of track, including 2,100 dedicated to high-speed rail, with 700 km more to come in 2017.

With 53,000 employees, SNCF Réseau makes maintenance and upgrade of existing infrastructure its strategic priority. SNCF Réseau manages a sweeping modernisation plan (€4.9 billion and over 1,500 projects / year) with priority going to commuter trains running on the conventional rail network.

 

About SYNERAIL

SYNERAIL is the company holding the GSM-Rail partnership contract. Under this contract, it is in charge of financing, designng and building the system over 11,500 km of rail network and of operating and maintaining GSM-Rail over nearly 16,000 km of the French rail network until 2025. The company’s shareholders are SFR (30%), VINCI Concessions (25%), VINCI Energies ( 5%), ARDIAN Infrastructure (30%) and TDF (10%).

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