EUR 500 million ETCS tender launched in Czechia

The Czech rail infrastructure manager SŽ launched a tender for ETCS installation on the Kralupy nad Vltavou – Hrobce railway line to the state border with Germany.

This is the first contract in the area which includes construction directly for the exclusive operation of ETCS, including subsequent maintenance for the entire lifetime of the equipment.

After completing the projects and obtaining the relevant permits, the selected contractor will then carry out the construction work, ensure the certification of the entire system and its maintenance.

CZK 11.8 billion (EUR 498.7 million) is the total value of the contract and includes the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the system which will replace the existing national class B type LS system.

The project covers the installation of a complete security device and remote control and the construction of the ETCS Level 2. The traffic on the line, which runs for the most part on the left bank of the Elbe River, will be controlled remotely from the central dispatching centre at Prague Balabenka, where the appropriate control room will be equipped to allow remote signalling control on the line.

At the railway stations and stops, the technological devices will be modified and supplemented for the possibility of remote control. The stations will be equipped with a CCTV camera and passenger information systems controlled by Balabenka centre. The winner of the contract will simultaneously remove the individual signals that will be replaced with a modern system and at the railway crossings, new security devices will be installed.

Under the project, new technical buildings will be built to integrate and control the entire technological equipment and a completely new local power supply network of 22 kV will be established.

The ETCS project for the Kralupy nad Vltavou – Hrobce railway is part of the construction of the ETCS on the 116 km Kralupy n. Vltavou – Dolni Žleb – German state border which will be financed by the EU through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) with a contribution of EUR 13.6 million (CZK 323.4 million). The national funding is provided by the State Transport Infrastructure Fund.

This line, which ensures the connection between Kolin, Prague and Libeň to Dresden and Berlin, is one of the most important rail corridors of the Czech Republic and is situated on the Orient/East-Med corridor.

SŽ is intalling the new system on the section as part of the ETCS deployment on the German border – Děčín – Ústí nad Labem – Kralupy nad Vltavou line which is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2026.

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