RB Rail has announced the design and build tender for the Rail Baltica control-command and signalling subsystem (CCS) implementation. The public procurement procedure is carried out in two stages with negotiations, and the contract is expected to be signed in mid-2024. The applications must be submitted electronically by 1 March 2023.
The design, construction and commissioning of the tendered subsystem will be carried out during the performance of the joint contract, including the defect notification period. Currently, it is estimated that the implementation of the CCS for the Rail Baltica mainline will take place until the end of 2030.
The technical scope of the Rail Baltica control-command and signalling subsystem deployment includes ETCS, FRMCS (Future Railway Mobile Communication System), interlocking and block system, traffic management system, ICT (Information and Communication Technology) systems including data transmission network, voice communication, cyber security, ancillary systems for railway operation communication, monitoring applications, SCADA. station equipment on stations including passenger information, CCTV, master clock, ticketing system, platform gates for some stations, non-traction power supply for CCS subsystems, cableway system for all systems as well as technical buildings/premises.
In January 2022 a EUR 32.3 million contract was signed with a consortium formed by Systra, Italferr and Egis that is responsible for Rail Baltica control-command and signalling engineering and works supervision.
“The goal of the Rail Baltica global project is to secure a fully unified and interoperable control-command and signalling system along the whole 870 km Rail Baltica mainline. The largest global market players have already manifested a strong interest in the Rail Baltica project and considering the level of complexity and strategic significance of this activity, Rail Baltica is looking for a long-term partner with the relevant technical expertise and experience to manage this “state-of-the-art” project,” said Jean Marc-Bedmar, Head of Systems and Operations Department at RB Rail AS.