ETCS pilot project in the Czech Republic completed




Prague/Kolín, 26th October 2011 – In the track section Poříčany – Kolín the pilot project of the European Train Control System (ETCS) has been implemented. The main objective of the pilot project has been the implementation of ETCS in the conditions of the Czech railway. The pilot project has been co-funded by the European Union from the Cohesion Fund.

The investor of the project is the Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization (SŽDC).

On today´s festive occasion, Mr. Jiří Martínek from SŽDC´s Headquarters reminded that: „The Pilot project Poříčany – Kolín included both the track section consisting of non-switchable balises and a radio block centre linked to current signalling installations, and the equipment of two locomotives and one electric multiple-unit train with ETCS on-board components including STM LS module which allows such equipped vehicles to be operated on lines which are provided only with the national train control LS.“

The pilot project section represents a part of I Railway Transit Corridor, the Czech section of the European ETCS Corridor E, for 22 km, a double-track line with the line speed of up to 160 km/h; there are three railway stations in that particular section. The first phase of the project (until mid-2006) dealt with the specification of requirements for the response to ETCS implemented in rail-related conditions of the Czech Republic. It mainly involved a follow-up of this complex system, based on computer technology, to the existing national systems of railway signalling installations while observing operating rules. During the first phase of the project, an agreement was made between the supplier and the investor stating that the ETCS supplied under the pilot project will comply with the version of system specifications SRS 2.3.0 which had been requested by the European Commission for the equipment to be installed on ETCS European corridors.

The second phase focused on the development and structures of components allowing the follow-up of the system to the national signalling installations and the operation of this system under Czech conditions. The installation of ETCS hardware in the track section was completed in 2008 including the reactivation of the radio block centre (RBC). In the same period, the installation of mobile ETCS components on one 362-series locomotive, one 151-series locomotive and one electric multiple-unit train 471/971 was completed.

Integration system tests and software modification followed. Complex testing as one of the many conditions was necessary for the launch of the approval procedure. Given the complex nature of the system, necessary complex testing, the assessment of the implemented system safety and the execution of the approval procedure according to the rules stipulated in the European Commission directives for the interoperability, the issues of the complex testing and the system assessment had to be paid all the attention prior to the completion of the pilot project.

Investor: Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization
Contractor: Ansaldo STS, Italy
Implementation costs: EURO 10,744,757

This project has been co-funded by the European Union from the Cohesion Fund. The EU contribution in compliance with the Decree of the European Commission totals EURO 7,350,000 (75 % of the eligible cost of the construction).

Project launch: July 2005
Project completion: September 2011

The results and experience gained from the pilot project on Poříčany and Kolín have been used for the tender for the first construction of ETCS in the track section Břeclav state border – Kolín; the implementation is to start at the turn of 2011/2012.

Further progress of ETCS in the Czech Republic:
Until 2015, ČR´s priority is the construction of ETCS on I Railway Transit Corridor, i.e. on the Czech section of ETCS Corridor E. Two phases have been projected:

1. Kolín – Břeclav state border with Austria and Slovakia
2. Kolín – Prague – Děčín state border with Germany

These constructions are also part of Corridor E, they have been approved by the European Commission under the programme of the Trans-European Transport Network Development (TEN-T) and they have been co-funded by the EU contribution amounting to 50% of the eligible cost.




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