Bulgarian National railway infrastructure company (NRIC) launched the construction of a signaling systems along Plovdiv – Septemvri railway line and telecommunication systems along Sofia – Plovdiv line. The project cost is estimated at BGN 76 million (EUR 39 million).
“In the recent years, we have invested nearly BGN 440 million (EUR 225 million) in the modernization of the railway infrastructure in the country”, said the Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Peter Kirov. All rail projects under OP “Transport” are ongoing and should be completed by the end of 2015. “I hope that we will keep the pace of work and we will be able to absorb all the available resource under OP “Transport” 2007 – 2013 as well as the new programming period 2014 – 2020″, he added.
The project is part of the “Modernization of the railway section Septemvri – Plovdiv – part of the Trans-European railway network”, which is financed by the Cohesion Fund under Operational Programme “Transport 2007 – 2013”. The contractor for the design and construction is the consortium “TCB Sofia-Plovdiv”. The period of the contract is 28 months, eight of which are dedicated to the design works.
The range of activities includes constructing of an ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) with its major components: ETCS (European Train Control System) Level 1 along the section Septemvri – Plovdiv and GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway) along the section Sofia – Plovdiv. A higher level of train traffic safety will be achieved with the construction of these systems. The ETCS system drastically decreases the possibility of proceeding at red light or surpassing the permitted train speed limit. The equipment ensures interoperability, enabling the trains equipped with ETCS and GSM-R systems delivered by various manufacturers, to move safely and effectively along the section. The technical reliability of the equipment is also increased, because of the small number of expected technical failures, which are the main reason for schedule delays. The modernization contributes to better customer survice for passengers at the train stations, providing them with real time information of timetable schedules, directions and connections, as well as travel safety messages.
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