Slovakia Railways awarded a consortium led by Kontron Transportation the contract to implement new turnkey GSM-R infrastructure for ETCS Level 2 on the Varín – Košice – Čierna nad Tisou – state border rail section.
The consortium includes AŽD Praha and Elektrizace železnic Praha and will contribute to the “modernisaion of another important section of the line,” Bernd Eder, Chief Operating Officer, Kontron Transportation said.
Kontron Transportation will develop, design, integrate and implement all components together with the consortium partners. The implementation work will start in the first quarter of 2023 and will take approximately 2 years.
A digital railway network will be built that will bring benefits for railway operators and passengers. For example, a modern communication system will enable railways to provide better information for passengers and reliable radio coverage will increase the safety of train drivers, maintenance crews and passengers.
With the GSM-R mobile communication system, financed by the Connecting Europe Facility, a further milestone in the Slovakian Railway communication will be set. The objective of this modernisation project is interconnecting Slovakia’s West and East by high quality railway infrastructure in accordance with the TEN-T interoperability requirements and the transport policies of Slovakia and the EU.
The GSM-R system will ensure mobile telecommunication and data communication for the needs of railway operation and for the introduction of the ERTMS on the Varín – Košice – Čierna nad Tisou rail section located on the main corridor in the Slovakian Republic and connects Western and Eastern Europe.