SPANISH high-speed infrastructure manager Adif AV has awarded Thales a contract to upgrade signalling on the 155km Castellón de la Plana - L'Ametlla de Mar section of the Mediterranean Corridor and its 13km branch from L'Aldea-Amposta to Tortosa.

Work will also make provision for installing a new running rail to accommodate standard gauge services on this broad gauge route.

Thales will install new L905E electronic interlockings on the Castellón - L'Ametlla section and adapt existing interlockings between L'Aldea-Amposta and Tortosa.

Thales will install its TTC track circuits, AzLM/ZP30K axle-counters, L700H electro-hydraulic point actuators and LED signals.

Separately, Adif has awarded a joint venture of Siemens Rail Automation and FFC Industrial and Energy Infrastructure a €24.7m contract to replace telephone block signalling on the 139.1km Zafra – Los Rosales section of the broad gauge route between Mérida and the Madrid – Seville main line at Los Rosales.

Telephone block signalling will be replaced by automatic block between Los Rosales and Cazalla and by BLAU automatic block between Cazalla and Zafra, both sections controlled from Seville by Centralised Traffic Control (CTC).

Work includes replacement of electrical and mechanical interlockings with electronic interlockings, as well as the installation of LED signals, balises for Spain’s ASFA Digital train protection system, and axle-counters.

Due to completed within 22 months, the project will complete resignalling of the 204.3 km Mérida - Zafra - Los Rosales route.