Polish rail infrastructure manager (PKP PLK) has assigned Thales a PLN 89 million (EUR 24.5 million) contract for the installation of ERTMS Level 2 on Podłęże – Rzeszów section (135-km long), part of Krakow – Rzeszów rail corridor. This corridor is an international transport corridor which connects West-European countries to Poland and then further to Eastern Europe. The railway will be equipped with a modern rail traffic control system. All 16 rail stations along the route will be thus coordinated from two control centres, located in Tarnów and Rzeszów.
The project is 85% co-financed from EU non-reimbursable funds and works will be completed in 2021. „Thus, both freight and passenger traffic will be improved and safer on this route between Krakow and Rzeszów. The punctuality of trains will also be optimised”, said Tomasz Szydło, PKP PLK Director of the South Regional Investment Centre.
„By signing this contract, PKP PLK plans to increase rail safety. Moreover, ERTMS deployment on this route will also increase the number of international trains that transit the route”, declared Łukasz Smółka, Manager of the Strategy Department of the Polish Infrastructure Ministry.
„Małopolska region has increasing benefits due to rail transport. Thanks to the modernisation of Krakow – Rzeszów railway, the citizens living in the region will be able to enjoy a series of faster and more comfortable journeys”, pointed out Józef Gawron, Vice-Governor of Małopolska Voivodship.