Thales to implement ERTMS on part of Poland’s railway network
Thales is going to implement ERTMS Level 2 on two lines of Poland’s railway network. The Polish infrastructure manager PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK) has awarded two contracts include a total of 785 kilometres of rail network, 41 stations and 7 Local Control Centres. The total worth of both contracts combined is 182 million Euros.
The project focuses on ensuring that more trains can travel through the network safely and at higher speeds. The speed of passenger trains on these lines will be increased to 160 kilometres an hour.
Thales has won two contracts: one for the E20 line, which runs from Kunowice to Terespol. This line crosses Poland from the German border to the border of Belarus. This line includes 25 stations and 5 Local Control Centres. The other contract is for the E30 line from Kraków to Rzeszów in Southern Poland. The total length of this line is 135 kilometres and includes 16 stations and 2 Local Control Centres. Thales will design and deliver signalling and railway traffic control systems, including implementation of Level 2 ERTMS/ETCS.
PKP PLK is modernising the entire Polish railway network in the next few years, including the two lines Thales is updating. It encompasses a total of 220 projects, aimed at improving the railway network for both passenger trains and freight trains.