CZECH infrastructure manager SŽ has launched a tender to deliver, install and maintain ETCS Level 2 on the 115km line from Kralupy nad Vlatovou to Dolní Žleb near the German border, running along the left bank of the River Elbe.

The project is worth Koruna 11.8bn ($US 535.6m), mostly funded through the State Transport Infrastructure Fund. The European Union will co-finance the Kralupy nad Vltavou - Hrobce section of the project with €13.6m through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

The line is one of the most important corridors on the Czech network, providing a connection between Prague, Dresden and Berlin, and forms part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

The contract includes the upgrade of the central dispatching centre at Prague Balabenka to allow it to remotely control signalling on the line. The contract also includes the installation of station equipment including CCTV cameras to allow remote monitoring and passenger information systems on platforms, which will also be controlled from Prague Balabenka.

The preferred bidder will be responsible for replacing the existing signalling, and the construction of new technical buildings to house all necessary equipment. A 22kV power supply will also be installed.