February 08, 2013

Consortium wins Bulgarian ERTMS contract

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Consortium wins Bulgarian ERTMS contract Philip Wormald

BULGARIAN track authority National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC) has awarded a consortium of Thales Austria and Kapsch CarrierCom a €35m turnkey contract to install ERTMS on the 133km Sofia – Plovdiv line, which forms part of Trans-European Corridor IV from Dresden and Nuremberg to Istanbul.

As consortium leader, Thales will supply and install ETCS Level 1 trackside equipment, electronic interlockings at five stations, and a trackside train condition monitoring system. Kapsch CarrierCom will be responsible for the GSM-R element of the project, including the provision of cab radios and handheld equipment.

The two companies have already been awarded a similar contract for the adjoining 128km section of Corridor IV between Svilengrad and Plovdiv.

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