Bombardier signalling technology for Poland boosts european mobility

Posted: 20 December 2012 | | No comments yet

Bombardier will deliver its globally proven ERTMS solution for the 340 km Warsaw to Gdynia section of Poland’s E65 line…


Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation will deliver its globally proven ERTMS solution for the 340 km Warsaw to Gdynia section of Poland’s E65 line, linking the capital with the Baltic Sea. With Bombardier’s second major delivery of ERTMS technology in Poland the entire northern section of the Pan-European Rail Corridor VI will be interoperable, allowing trains from other countries to travel between Gdynia and the Czech border.

Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS) Polska Sp. z o.o is leading a consortium including Thales Polska Sp. z o.o. and Nokia Siemens Networks to deliver the state-of-the-art upgrade for the Polish National Railway, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. The contract is valued at approximately 470 million PLN (115 million euro, $153 million US), with Bombardier’s share valued at approximately 216 million PLN (53 million euro, $70 million US).

Bombardier and Thales are responsible for the design and development of ERTMS/ETCS Level 2. They will also deliver conventional signalling for eight local control centres and upgrade existing conventional signalling equipment to the ERTMS Level 2 standard. Nokia Siemens Networks is providing the ERTMS/GSM-R systems on this highly complex 35-station line for passenger and freight traffic. The project will be delivered in 28 months.

Andrzej Wolski, Project Director at PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A., said that the installation of the system was highly significant. He added: “This ERTMS/ETCS project is the last stage of the upgrade of the main line linking Warsaw and the three cities of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. Upon completion, the standard of safety ensured on the line will be higher than it has been to date, while also allowing us to increase the maximum speed of modern trains up to 200km/h on selected sections.”

Bombardier’s scope comprises its state-of-the-art BOMBARDIER INTERFLO 450 ERTMS technology including four BOMBARDIER EBI Com radio block centre and EBI Link balise systems. For the conventional signalling, Bombardier will deliver its INTERFLO 200 mainline technology comprising EBI Screen 300 central traffic control solutions, as well as an EBI Lock 950 computer-based interlocking (CBI) system for Gdynia Chylonia station.

Peter Cedervall, President Rail Control Solutions, Bombardier Transportation, said: “Smart transportation networks that offer interconnected mobility are a key driver of economic growth and sustainability. Our innovative ERTMS technology will enable faster and more efficient passenger and freight transportation through Poland and across Europe. As the leader in the Polish signalling market, Bombardier has cooperated many times with PKP on rail infrastructure modernisation projects. We’ve delivered many INTERFLO 200 solutions and the ERTMS pilot project in Poland.”

With a strong involvement in the development of ERTMS/ETCS technology, Bombardier’s solutions are operating or being delivered on more than 2,500 vehicles and 15,000 km of track in 16 countries. The INTERFLO 450 Level 2 solution has been running on the highest speed lines in China since 2009. It has permission for commercial operation on the Amsterdam-Utrecht line in the Netherlands, one of the busiest mainlines in Europe, and was inaugurated on Sweden’s first high speed ERTMS Level 2 line, the Botnia line, in 2010.

Bombardier ERTMS techonology is also installed in Croatia, Germany, Korea, Switzerland, Spain and Taiwan and first-in-market projects are being delivered in Algeria and Poland, in addition to extensive framework agreements in Sweden and Norway. Bombardier is also at the heart of innovation, having delivered the world’s first ERTMS Regional system, its INTERFLO 550 solution, on the Västerdal Line in Sweden.

The future success of urban centres rests on re-defining the way people move within and between these expanding social and economic hubs. Bombardier’s portfolio of rail control solutions reduces the constraints of current networks. It covers the whole range of BOMBARDIER CITYFLO mass transit solutions, from manual to fully automatic, as well as communications-based systems. It also provides INTERFLO mainline solutions, from conventional to ERTMS Level 2 systems. Bombardier also provides a complete palette of wayside and onboard signalling products.

About Bombardier Transportation in Poland

Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS) Polska Sp. z o.o. is a wholly-owned Bombardier company based in Katowice, Poland. With almost 90 years experience in providing the latest signalling technology to the Polish rail network, the IRIS certified company has a unique understanding of the market. Its 500 employees design and manufacture a full range of rail control signalling equipment for main line, mass transit and industrial applications that have been delivered in Poland and worldwide. Its INTERFLO 450 technology is one of Poland’s ERTMS Pilot projects, being delivered on the E30 line between Legnica and the German border.

Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, offering the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivering innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. It has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries and an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

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