Power boost for Zurich-Winterthur corridor

Alstom has begun building a new substation at the Hürlistein rail junction to support increasing demand on the Zurich-Winterthur line in Switzerland.

The facility, which converts the 132 kV mains power supply to be fed into the overhead catenary system, will ensure that the corridor has adequate traction power in the future to cope with predicted increases in capacity to cope with the growing demand for rail services in the region.

Alstom was awarded a contract in December to supply the GIS switchgear, the cable equipment, AC/DC auxiliary system and the high- and low-voltage installations.

The project, which will cost 17.7 million francs and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, also includes landscaping and civils works.