PKP Polish Railway Lines and Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS) Polska signed a PLN 98 million (EUR 22.6 million) for ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 installation of the Warsaw-Białystok route, which will be part of Rail Baltica, offering regional, interregional and international links along the North Sea-Baltic Core Network Corridor.
Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS) Polska will prepare full documentation of construction works and obtain all necessary permits for use. The contract will be implemented divided into two scopes.
The basic scope with a value of PLN 64.4 million (EUR 14.85 million) includes the implementation of part of the investment task on the Warsaw Rembertów – Sadowne section. 44 months are provided for the execution of the works. This part of the contract is implemented under the CEF 2014 calls and involves the modernisation of 102 km on the Sadowne-Czyzew section and Warsaw Rembertow-Sadowne section. It includes the installation of the ERTMS/ETCS system.
The second scope has a value of PLN 33.8 million (EUR 7.8 million) and includes the work implementation on the Sadowne – Białystok section, which is expected to be completed at the end of 2024. This is funded under the 2015 CEF call and envisages the upgrade of 71 km Czyżew-Białystok section located on the E75 railway line.
“Deploying ERTMS / ETCS level 2 system on the Rail Baltica route will ensure more efficient passenger connections and freight transport in Poland and Europe. The investment is important for both long-distance and everyday trips in the Warsaw agglomeration. It will translate into railway safety, attractiveness and punctuality,” Andrzej Bittel, the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Infrastructure, said.
The project envisaging equipping the 176 km line between Warsaw Rembertów and Białystok with modern rail traffic control devices. It will cover 12 stations, which will be managed from three local control centers in Tłuszcz, Małkinia and Białystok.
The contract is funded by the CEF and is part of the comprehensive modernization of the E75 line on the Sadowne – Czyżew section, whose total cost is estimated at over EUR 235 million, including a CEF co-financing of over EUR 179 million.
PKP PLK is the largest CEF beneficiary, performing 21 projects under its support. EUR 4.6 billion is the total value of the investments, of which EU funding is EUR 3.5 billion, explained Grzegorz Puda, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development.