The European Union will co-finance with almost €16.5 million two Polish projects aimed at deploying European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on the rolling stock and infrastructure in the country. The projects focus on equipping locomotives and rail tracks with ERTMS technology in order to make railway system safer and more competitive.
The projects were selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call. The first, which will receive almost €15.5 million in EU co-financing, involves equipping a stretch of Polish rail network with ERTMS infrastructure (European Train Control System devices). The section, which starts at the German border and extends to Warsaw, is part of ERTMS Corridor F, an east to west rail link starting in Aachen (Germany) and passing through Berlin, Poznan and Warsaw before finally reaching Terespol at the border between Poland and Belarus.
The second project, which will receive just over €1 million in EU co-financing, consists of retrofitting 9 Siemens locomotives with ERTMS and testing their performance on ERTMS equipped tracks in Poland and also in Austria and the Czech Republic.
ERTMS is a major European industrial initiative to make rail transport safer and more competitive. Its goal is to substitute more than 20 different train control-command systems which are currently in use in Europe with a single harmonised system.
Both projects will be managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency and are set to be completed by December 2014.
For more information, please consult the projects' pages!
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