Maintenance of Madrid – Levante High-Speed, Spain

Munir Patel - XRAIL Group

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Published: 22nd March 2022

This Case Study was Written by: Munir Patel - XRAIL Group


  Siemens Mobility   2021 - Ongoing
  Siemens Mobility
  2021 - Ongoing

The Challenge for XRAIL

XRAIL was successfully chosen by Siemens Mobility to undertaking the Corrective and Preventative maintenance for the Signalling System and the Technical Buildings associated with the Madrid–Levante high-speed network in Spain.

XRAIL are contracted to undertake the Corrective and Preventative maintenance for a period of 4 years and utilises XRAIL staff from the region supported by technical expertise from its UK operations.

The Madrid–Levante high-speed network connects Madrid with the Mediterranean coast of the Levante Region, specifically it runs through four Autonomous Communities: Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia.

The Madrid–Levante network is one of the most important high-speed corridors in Spain. It offers the provincial capitals of Castilla-La Mancha far better access to high-speed trains, while bringing Murcia closer to the Spanish capital, Madrid. All cities along its route enjoy considerably reduced journey times, making life easier for local commuters. For example, the journey time between Madrid and Valencia has been cut by more than half, from 202 to 90 minutes.

The Result

XRAIL is in year one of four of the Corrective and Preventative maintenance contract and is delivering the requirements of the Madrid–Levante high-speed network to time, cost and quality. The initial focus has been on establishing the operational delivery management requirements and mobilising the team, which has been successfully completed.

XRAIL is at the front line for all Corrective actions and Incidents related to ERTMS Level 1 and 2 Signalling System and Technical Buildings. This is provided on a 24/7, 365 Day basis. This is managed by having teams, tools and spare parts located strategically along the railway to ensure a fast and effective response. All incidents are managed, reported and reviewed through XRAIL’s Digital reporting system, to capture live incident progress.

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The ETCS Signalling System and Technical Building equipment are compromised of the following assets:

  • Azlm Axle counters – AzLM
  • ERTMS L1 equipment
  • ERTMS L2 equipment
  • Centralised ERTMS Control equipment
  • Centralised Traffic Controller equipment
  • ERTMS computers and equipment
  • Power Supply equipment and cubicles
  • LED Signals
  • Westrace Mark 2 and associated equipment
  • Power Distribution Cubicles
  • Point machine – L826H and associated detecti on equipment
  • Building infrastructure and equipment.

Weekly and Monthly Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Incidents and Preventative Maintenance is produced, which provides the basis for the review of processes, procedures and enhancement required to the ERTMS Level 1 and 2 Signalling System.

This continuous monitoring and lesson learnt of the system ensures that we are able to provide a proactive response on-site and maintain a reliable train service on the Madrid–Levante high-speed network.

In support of the service that XRAIL is providing, XRAIL has developed a robust operational management overlay including organisation, job descriptions, recruitment, 24/7 rosters using digital systems etc. to ensure that the right people undertook the right task, at the right time ensuring that the Madrid–Levante high-speed network requirements are successfully delivered.

XRAIL is continuously successfully delivering the Corrective and Preventative maintenance requirements for Madrid–Levante high-speed network and over time will be able to provide even greater practical insight on the ERTMS Level 1 and 2 Signalling System.

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