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Polish ERTMS / ETCS Level 2 system authorised for operation

The Office of Rail Transportation (Urzędu Transportu Kolejowego, UTK) has issued the first authorisation in the history of Polish railways for the use of ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 system and its interfaces with the GSM-R and signalling subsystems.  

UTK authorised the placing in service of the structural subsystems: trackside-control-command assembly constituting ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 system (and its interfaces with signalling and ERTMS /GSM-R infrastructure)  installed on the section Legnica – Bielawa Dolna railway line E 30, including stations Legnica, Miłkowice, Chojnów, Okmiany, Bolesławiec, Zebrzydowa, Węgliniec and Bielawa Dolna. 
In December 2015,  Bombardier Transportation completed the ERTMS Level 2 rail control project for the above railway section. Bombardier become the first supplier to have ERTMS authorisation for its onboard system, EBI Cab 2000, in Poland, and the first to have approval to operate with the domestic SHP-STM signalling system. Bombardier’s contract with PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK) was signed in 2010 and included the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the BOMBARDIER INTERFLO 450 onboard and wayside rail control system. 

The project included the supply of equipment for 8 locomotives and GSM-R terminals for the dispatchers and maintenance personnel, as well as dual-mode cab radios GSM-R/analog.  In May 2014, UTK has granted the approval for the operation of the GSM­R system implemented by Kapsch CarrierCom on Legnica – Bielawa Dolna rail line. Following the contract signed with PKP PLK in 2011, Kapsch provided design, construction, equipment delivery, launch, functional configuration, testing and certification services of the ERTMS/GSM­R infrastructure for the purpose of railway radio transmission and ETCS level 2.

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