Eiffage, through its subsidiary Eiffage Énergie Systèmes, in consortium with Saferail and Systra, has won a detailed design, construction and technical validation contract worth €52.5 million to replace signalling along more than 500 kilometres of the Paris-Lyon high-speed rail line, as part of works to modernise and improve the infrastructure reliability.
The operation is part of the “High Performance Network” transformation and modernisation plan initiated by SNCF Réseau to improve performance on the current network and increase capacity and regularity. The Paris-Lyon project, co-financed by the European Union, is the first operational high-speed line in France to undergo such large-scale regeneration of its signalling system while simultaneously switching to the ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System). This continues the gradual harmonisation of the European rail network and its interoperability in a context of opening to competition.
The project will be managed by Eiffage Énergie Systèmes and involves detailed design, signalling works and overall technical validation of this major rail line. A total of 58 new signalling technical building will be installed, fully equipped and tested before commissioning.
The project also incorporates a major social dimension, with a commitment to 42,000 hours of access to employment jobs.
The detailed design phase began recently, with the works phase scheduled between 2021 and 2024 and the high-speed line forecast to enter commercial service in 2025.
This new contract complements the 2019 appointment of Eiffage Énergie Systèmes to install signalling equipment in parallel, which will enable the switch from the old to the new system along the entire Paris-Lyon line. With these contracts, Eiffage Énergie Systèmes consolidates its position as a strategic leader in the rail market.