PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe signed a contract for the design and installation of ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 on the 210-km CMK line (the Central Main Line), linking Warsaw to Katowice, via Kraków.
The ERTMS/ETCS contract, including the construction of a new local control centre, was signed with a consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS Poland) and Krakowskie Zakłady Automatyki.
PLN 314 million (EUR 72.3 million) is the value of the contract which envisages the design and construction of the modern railway traffic control devices on the CMK from Korytów to Zawiercie. The contract also includes the construction of a two 3-metre road viaduct in Zachorzów-Kolonia (in Opoczno County, Łódź Voivodeship) valuated at PLN 25.6 million (EUR 5.9 million). The construction of the road viaduct, which also includes pedestrian and bicycle lanes, is expected to be launched in 2019 and will be completed in 2021. The contract on the road viaduct over railway line No. 4 Grodzisk Mazowiecki – Zawiercie was signed with Intop Warszawa.
“Modern systems and modernised tracks on the Central Main Line will ensure higher comfort and safety for travelers between Warsaw and the south of Poland. In 2023, the travel time from the capital to Kraków and Katowice will be reduced to less than 2 hours. CMK will be the first line in the country where trains will travel at speeds over 200 km/h,” Andrzej Bittel, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure, said.
As part of the investment, the ERTMS/ETCS L2 devices and system will be installed on the route and they will be compliant to the new train traffic control devices at the Psary, Góra Włodowska and Knapówka stations. A new local control centre in Idzikowice will be constructed which will oversee train movement and the operation of devices on the route from Korytów to Zawiercie. The centre will provide a simulator of railway traffic control devices, mapping the devices and works on the Central Main Line. It will serve for training, primarily on duty working at the CMK.
“The technical station in Idzikowice is currently being modernized and in the future will improve the railway traffic. The investment on the Central Main Line will also result in more efficient rail traffic management, ” Ireneusz Merchel, the CEO of PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe, said.
At the end of 2023, when all track works have been completed and the ERTMS/GSM-R system will be installed and commissioned, the trains will travel at speeds of 250 km/h on the Central Main Line.