Supplying the UK’s latest rail project 14 April 2023

voestalpine Railway Systems, a global supplier of complete railway systems, has secured its largest ever order, worth around €237 million, for the design, supply, and servicing of turnouts, drives, and rail expansion joints including diagnostic systems for the UK’s new High Speed 2 rail network.

As the name suggests, Great Britain’s new High Speed 2 (HS2) is a high-speed rail link. It runs north to south, extends almost 275km in length, and will have a transport capacity of up to 300,000 passengers a day. voestalpine will be supplying this high-tech line with around 320 turnout systems plus drives, as well as rail expansion joints including diagnostic and monitoring software which will continually record the condition of the infrastructure and report deviations in real time. This not only ensures that the highest safety standards are upheld, but also facilitates condition-based and predictive maintenance.

“This record-breaking order once again proves the value of our strategy and our global competence in this segment. The Railway Systems segment has performed extremely well for many years,” says Herbert Eibensteiner, CEO of voestalpine AG.

“voestalpine Railway Systems are the global leading provider of system solutions for railway infrastructure. We supply rails, turnouts, mounting systems, and signalling technology from a single source, allowing us to offer our customers railway infrastructure solutions that meet their specific needs,” adds Franz Kainersdorfer, member of the management board of voestalpine AG and head of the metal engineering division.

voestalpine is also supplying other major projects worldwide, including Australia’s Sydney Trains and Egypt’s new high-speed line Green Line, with premium rails, high-speed turnouts, and signalling technology.

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