An Italian consortium consisting of Ansaldo STS, Condotte d’Acqua and Rizzani de Eccher have won a €40m ($52m) contract to provide signalling systems for a new Algerian railway line.

The contract covers the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and related equipment for a new 130-kilometre line connecting the cities of Oued Tlelat and Tlemcen in the north west of Algeria.

The consortium will also provide a traffic control centre in Oran and install the equipment on 15 trains. Once complete, the system will support trains travelling at speeds up to 220-kilometres a hour.

The signalling project is part of a wider national plan to upgrade and modernise Algeria’s rail network. The rail authority recently released a number of other rail tenders calling for bids for preliminary designs for new rail lines and stations.

The client on the project is the Algerian rail authority, Anesrif.