Alstom-led Consortium Completes Signalling Upgrade in Poland

An Alstom-led consortium has completed signalling upgrade works in Poland that will allow operations of 200km/h on the E65 railway line.

The consortium, comprising Alstom, Thales and Nokia, delivered ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 signalling for the railway line that connects Warsaw and the port of Gdynia in northern Poland. The railway line is currently undergoing modernisation. The project was based on a contract previously signed with PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.

The signalling technology has been installed on 350km of the line. It includes 35 railway stations. This project is one of the largest and most complex projects delivered of this type on Polish railways.

Alstom and Thales Polska provided the design and implementation of the ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 signalling solution, while Nokia delivered the GSM-R system. As part of the contract the consortium also 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.

Sławomir Nalewajka, Managing Director, Alstom Poland, Ukraine and Baltics, said:

“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. We are proud that once again we had the opportunity to deliver a project that sets the new standards on the national railway network.”

The E65 railway line is a key link that connects the Baltics with southern Europe and is part of the TEN-T network (Baltic Adriatic).

Paweł Przyżycki, Managing Director of Thales Polska, said:

“I am happy that the upgrade of such a crucial project is completed. Thanks to our joint solutions we have become a part of the European railway system. Poland has entered the high-speed rail era.”

The task was delivered within the scope of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment (POIiŚ) project 7.1-1.4 “Modernization 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”.

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