Norway's government will announce a revised 10-year transport plan and details of several new infrastructure projects in 2013. Kevin Smith spoke with Harald Nikolaisen, Jernbaneverket's director of construction and investments, about what the infrastructure manager has suggested these plans include.
GERMANY's infrastructure manager DB Networks has selected Siemens to supply an electronic interlocking subcentre at Celle as well as five further distributed interlockings as part of the upgrade of the Hannover - Uelzen line.
HUNGARY'S National Infrastructure Development Company (NIF) has awarded Thales Austria a Euros 18m contract to install ETCS Level 2 on the 101km Boba – Bajánsenye line in western Hungary. The contract includes the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of ETCS Level 2, and adaption of the existing ETCS Level 1 equipment.
Upon completion of the project in September 2014, the maximum line speed will be raised from 100km/h to 120km/h. The line is part of part of Pan-European Corridor 5 (Venice – Ljubljana – Budapest Lvov – Kiev), and the project is 85% funded by the European Union.
Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) has included the extension of ETCS Level 2 from Boba to Hodoš in its investment plans for 2012-15.