Major signalling project completed in Poland

ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 Alstom, Thales and Nokia consortium completed the delivery of its signalling solution ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 for the E65 railway line which is under modernisation and links Warsaw in central Poland with Gdynia, in the north of the country.

This project was based on a contract previously signed with PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe.

The delivery of the state-of-the-art technology on 350 km of line that covers 35 railway stations and links Warsaw with Gdynia enables train traffic at the speed of 200 km/h. The project was one of the largest and most complex projects in the history of the Polish Railways. The joint effort of the parties involved has resulted in a significant improvement of safety and passenger comfort, as well as line capacity that will contribute to shorter train travel duration.

“This jointly-delivered project is a game-changing achievement in the history of high-speed railway implementation in Poland. Moreover, the decision of the Head of National Safety Authority in Poland to approve train traffic at the speed of up to 200 km/h under the control of ERTMS Level 2 is the first ever decision of this kind in the history of Polish Railways,” Sławomir Nalewajka, Managing Director of Alstom in Poland, Ukraine and Baltics said.

Alstom and Thales Polska were responsible for the design and implementation of ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 signalling solution, and Nokia for providing the GSM-R system. Within the scope of the project, the consortium upgraded eight integrated control rooms, delivered remote traffic control and management systems, turn-key solutions for Dispatcher Centres, an integrated passenger information system and CCTV solutions.

State-of-the-art communications technologies and rail traffic control systems have been implemented in this landmark project. Both the E65 Warsaw – Gdynia corridor, as well as the entire Trans-European Transport Network will derive economic and social benefits from the completion of this project,” said Piotr Kaczmarek, a Head of Nokia Poland.

The project was financed through the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment (POIiŚ) project on the “Modernisation of E 65/C-E 65 railway line on Warszawa – Gdynia section in terms of supervisory layer LCS (ICR), ERTMS/ETCS/GSM-R, DSAT and power supply for the traction system.”

On the Warsaw – Gdynia mainline, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe conducted in January 2020 a train test at 200 km/h with a special-equipped ERTMS/ECTS Level 2 Pendolino train provided by Alstom.


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