\r\nThe tender will seek a contractor to design, supply and install ETCS train protection and centralised traffic control systems, GSM-R, interlockings, ancillary detection equipment, and security subsystems along the 326km Olmedo \u2013 Ourense corridor. This part of the contract is worth \u20ac326.8m.\r\nThe package will also include the maintenance of all subsystems, not only on the Olmedo \u2013 Ourense section, but also on the 85km Ourense \u2013 Santiago high-speed line, which was opened in late 2011. The total value of this part of the contract is calculated at \u20ac314m.\r\nThe package replaces a \u20ac905m public-private partnership contract issued two years ago. Despite its initial intention to call for private investment to equip the line in order to ease the financial burden on the state, the Spanish government subsequently decided to contract the works directly due to lower interest rates in the bond market and a lack of interest from the private sector.\r\nThis is the final major contract to be tendered for the construction of the Olmedo \u2013 Ourense high-speed line. Part of the Madrid-Galicia corridor, this section will not be operational before 2018. However, an initial section between Olmedo and Zamora where single track has been installed in order to reduce costs, is expected to open next year.