Poland conducting ERTMS Level 2 testing

PKP-Polskie Linie Kolejowe is conducting ERTMS Level 2 trials ahead of a planned rollout of the European standard signalling technology over the next couple of years.

Testing is being conducted on a section of the E30 line between Legnica and Bielawa Dolna – a pilot which is being co-financed by the European Union under the Cohesion Fund under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment –  before it is installed across Poland’s main line railway network.

The trials are observing the compatibility and performance of the lineside and onboard equipment.

Unlike ETCS Level 1, which monitors train positions intermittently as they pass over fixed transmitters, ETCS Level 2 provides continuous train control through a radio-based system.

PKP aims to implement ERTMS Level 2 on the Warszawa-Gdańsk-Gdynia route in June 2015. The organisation also hopes to roll out ERTMS Level 1 on the Kunowice-Poznań-Warszawa corrdior by December 2014.