A consortium led by Thales with Trakce has signed a modernisation contract valued at over €76m (£65m) with PKP PLK, the Polish rail infrastructure operator.
This project concerns train management systems including signalling and supervision. The consortium is responsible for design and construction of systems including control centres, maintenance and diagnostic centres, interlocking systems and axle counters, telecommunications, passenger information systems and CCTV.
The railway line from Radom to Warsaw Okecie is approximately 100km long and is used by several thousand people travelling to work every day. The modernisation project has been long awaited by the citizens of Radom as current travel from Warsaw to Radom takes more than two hours by train. The modernisation will enhance safety, increase the capacity of the line and enable trains to run at speeds of up to 160km/h, reducing journey times by half.
‘This project is another important step in improving the railway infrastructure in Poland. We are delighted to have won this important contract, further strengthening our position on the Polish railway market. This latest award follows another recent success in Poland, where Thales is part of the consortium chosen to modernise the 350km E65 line linking Warsaw and Gdynia,’ said Pawel Piotrowski, Thales country director in Poland.
Currently Thales is implementing modern rail automation systems as part of the modernisation of the Katowice-Krakow-Rzeszow section of the E30 railway line.
It is also working on the CMK line, Poland’s first high-speed line, where it is in charge of the design and construction of an ETCS Level 1 system for the 225km section of the line linking Grodzisk Mazowiecki with Zawiercie. This project will increase maximum speed to 200km/h.
On the modernisation of the 350km E65 line, Thales is in a consortium with Bombardier and Nokia Siemens Networks. Thales will provide an ETCS Level 2 system, an operations control and traffic management centre, comprehensive solutions for dispatching centres in Warsaw and Gdynia, an integrated passenger information system and a range of supervision solutions.