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Bombardier Technology Operates on the World’s Longest Very High Speed Rail Link


• China’s new 300km/h north-south rail link from Beijing to Guangzhou uses Bombardier’s ERTMS technology
• BOMBARDIER INTERFLO 450 solution operating on over 85% of China’s very high speed network (over 300 km/h), helping to move the world’s most populous nation

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation’s European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) technology is operating on the latest very high speed rail line to open in China. The new line completes the world’s longest very high speed rail link, connecting the capital Beijing with the industrial centre of Guangzhou.

Equipped with Bombardier INTERFLO 450 ERTMS Level 2 technology (called CTCS-3 in China), the final section of the 2,298 km long north-south, double-track link between Beijing and Zhengzhou started operation on December 26, 2012. With operating speeds of 300km/h, the line has cut rail travel times from 22 hours down to around eight hours, boosting transportation capacity and economic development along the route.

This latest high-profile line to be opened, equipped with the BOMBARDIER EBI Com 2000 radio block centre and EBI Cab 2000 ATP onboard technology, is Bombardier’s most recent contribution to China’s very high speed rail network. It comes exactly three years after the implementation of its ERTMS Level 2 technology on the first section of the new link, which was then the world’s fastest ERTMS line. The 1000 km Wuhan to Guangzhou line opened in 2009 with an initial operating speed of 350 km/h. Bombardier’s technology, is also operating on the flagship Beijing to Shanghai line since 2010, on two routes linking Shanghai with Hangzhou and Nanjing, as well as on the Hefei to Bengbu and the recently opened Harbin and Dalian lines.

Peter Cedervall, President Rail Control Solutions, Bombardier Transportation, said: “Our projects in China are an important part of our global ERTMS portfolio and project delivery experience. Trains equipped with Bombardier’s state-of-the-art very high speed rail control technology have now travelled more than 300 million km in China. That is the same distance as a return trip to the sun, with a further 15 million km added every month. We have more than 1.5 million hours, or 170 years worth of operational experience in this market alone, reflecting the maturity and reliability of our ERTMS technology.”

Jianwei Zhang, President of Bombardier China, added: “In China, Bombardier’s wayside and onboard ERTMS signalling equipment services more than 9,800 km of track and around 300 trains. This constitutes over 85% of around 11,200 km of very high speed track in operation. It is an impressive contribution to the development of the country’s rail infrastructure, enhancing people’s travelling experience and promoting economic development. Bombardier continues to be a valued partner to the Chinese Railways in ensuring the latest rail control technology is delivered in the market.”

With a strong involvement in the development of ERTMS/ETCS technology, Bombardier’s solutions are operating or being delivered on more than 2,500 vehicles and 15,000 km of track in 16 countries. As well as running on the highest speed lines in China, the INTERFLO 450 Level 2 solution has permission for commercial operation on the Amsterdam-Utrecht line in the Netherlands, one of the busiest mainlines in Europe, and was inaugurated on Sweden’s first high speed ERTMS Level 2 line, the Botnia line, in 2010.

Bombardier ERTMS technology is also installed in Croatia, Korea, Switzerland, Spain and Taiwan and first-in-market projects are being delivered in Algeria and Poland, in addition to extensive framework agreements in Sweden and Norway. Bombardier is at the heart of innovation, delivering the world’s first ERTMS Regional system, its INTERFLO 550 solution, on the Västerdal Line in Sweden.

The future success of urban centres rests on re-defining the way people move within and between these expanding social and economic hubs. Congestion and pollution pose serious challenges to the growth of industrialised and developing nations. Rail presents a low carbon alternative to air and road as the backbone of national transportation infrastructure. Around the world, Bombardier Transportation moves hundreds of thousands of people quickly and efficiently to their destinations. Modern high speed rail offers passengers an attractive alternative to motorways and medium distance air travel because of quick boarding and travelling comfort.

About Bombardier Transportation in China
As the world’s largest rail equipment manufacturer, Bombardier is actively involved in China’s development of urban mass transit and advanced railway networks. With four joint ventures and seven Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises (WFOE), Bombardier Transportation currently employs more than 4,000 people in China. It has offices located in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

Bombardier offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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