Slovakia pushes ahead with ERTMS overlay

Slovakia’s state-owned rail operator Železnice Slovenskej Republiky (ŽSR) has awarded a €20 million for the rollout of ERTMS on a 250-kilometre route between Bratislava and the Czech border.

Kapsch CarrierCom and AŽD Praha have been awarded contracts to install the GSM-R system and ETCS Level 2 signalling system respectively, both of which should be live by the end of 2015..

Kari Kapsch, chief executive of Kapsch CarrierCom, said: “This project is a particular reference for us given that due to the transit corridor running through Slovakia, the implementation of ERTMS in that country is an important element in achieving a modern rail network across Europe.”