The contract was awarded to the Temporary Union of Companies (UTE), a consortium of Bombardier European Investments, Alstom Transport and Indra Systems. 

The contract covers the installation and maintenance of ETCS Level 2 signalling, GSM-R, fixed telecommunications and safety facilities on the new electrified double-track sections that are being built between Plasencia and Aljucén and on the Mérida bypass, as well where track is being remodelled at Plasencia, Cáceres, Mérida, Aljucén and Badajoz stations as part of the Madrid - Extremadura high-speed ​​project. The contract also includes the implementation of Spain’s ASFA automatic train protection system on the 245km line between Plasencia, Badajoz and the Portuguese border. 

The work is being funded through the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 

The contract is one of several awarded as part of a programme of upgrades to the Madrid - Extremadura line, including three other contracts awarded in the past month with a combined value of €92.84m.