Phase IV covers 24 km of double-track section between the cities of Ankara and Sincan, including Ankara station, the main railway node in Turkey where the entire Turkish high speed network will converge. Thales Spain will deploy the European Train Control System, electronic interlocking, automatic train protection system ETCS Level 1 as well as trackside equipments such as LED signals, track circuits and point machines.
The second contract includes predictive and corrective maintenance services for Phase 1 of the same Ankara-Istanbul high speed line, with a total length of 220 km. At present this section is in commercial service and it is equipped with signalling and communication systems, including an ETCS Level 1 system for automatic train protection installed by Thales Spain. The maintenance contract is an extension of the first contract awarded in 2010 and has a term of three years, from January 2012 to the end of 2014.
The Spanish company is currently deploying signalling systems for the Inönü-Köseköy and Hasanbey-İnönü sections of the line, a total of 190 km. It was also in charge of delivering signalling and telecommunications solutions for the 220 km Hasanbey-Esenkent section in Phase 1 of the project. Recently, the company has also been awarded the contract for the train protection system ETCS Level 2.
The Ankara-Istanbul line will link the capital city, Ankara, with the most populated city, Istanbul, and will provide service to more than 17 million people. This line is designed to reach speeds up to 250 km/h.