Hungary awards ETCS contract

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The Hungarian National Infrastructure Development Company (NIF) awarded Thales a contract to design and deploy the ETCS on 110 km railway section from Szajol to Debrecen. This section is located along the main line connecting the country’s largest cities Budapest and Debrecen.

NIF already started to modernize the signalling system on the line with state-of-the art electronic interlocking solutions from Thales. With the implementation of ETCS the line will be ready for increased traffic in the future.

The electrified double-track line covers 8 railway stations with more than 250 points. With a joint effort of expert teams from Hungary and Austria Thales will design and build ETCS Level 2 for the line from Szajol to Ebes and ETCS Level 1 from Ebes to Debrecen. The implementation includes necessary connections to the existing signalling system, configuration and data preparation as well as safety and approval activities.

“The modernisation of this important line supports our ambition to further develop the Hungarian railway infrastructure facilitating a modern safe and competitive rail transport. We are looking forward to complete the project together with competent experts from Thales,” Róbert Nagy, CEO of NIF said.

The ETCS deployment will improve passenger travelling time and resolve bottlenecks NIF strives to boost the capacity on this line by increasing the line speed to 160 km/h.

Thales’ projects in Hungary include more than 50 railway stations equipped with electronic interlockings and approximately 700 km of railway line equipped with ETCS.

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