ALSTOM and SNCF Réseau are working together to develop and deploy new regulation and control systems for railway traffic.
After calling for tenders in 2016, SNCF Réseau has selected Alstom to design a new operational traffic management tool. Alstom will provide its Iconis system, which detects and offers solutions to manage traffic conflicts while anticipating the impact of disruptions.
Iconis combines the reliability of a standardised solution with the flexibility required for all future evolutions. It is already in use on 15,000km of track worldwide and will be adapted to the French network.
Initially, Iconis will be deployed on the railway lines connecting Paris, Lyon and Marseille, with commissioning planned for 2019.
SNCF Réseau has launched an extensive program to modernise operational traffic management with a view to supervising train movements both in normal conditions and during disruptions. The aim of the program is to improve traffic regularity, incident management and the information provided by rail companies.
Operational traffic management is currently organised on three levels: the national centre for traffic operations, the 21 regional operational centres and signal boxes at the local level.
Within the SNCF Group, SNCF Réseau has the role of developing, modernising and marketing access to the national rail network. SNCF Réseau is responsible for ensuring safety and performance on 30,000km of line, including 2600km of high-speed line.