Hitachi Rail Receives Two New Contracts for Bi-Standard Cab Signalling

Hitachi Rail has been chosen to equip its digital bi-standard cab signalling technology on SNCF and Eurostar trains.

On board digital signalling technology from HitachiOn board digital signalling technology from Hitachi

The bi-standard technology combines transmission voice-machine (TVM) and European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) technologies. This will enable the Eurostar E300 and SNCF high speed trains to safely operate on both the French and cross border high-speed networks, and will allow passengers to more easily travel by train across European borders.

Eight Eurostar trains will be upgraded with the bi-standard technology, and a new version of the product will be developed for use onboard high-speed SNCF trains operating in Italy and Switzerland.

To date, approximately 1,000 Hitachi bi-standard products have been put into revenue service onboard a variety of trains across Europe and Asia.

The first was rolled out in France in 2007, when the technology was equipped onboard SNCF trains operating on the Paris-Strasbourg line.