Systra, Italferr and Egis win contract for high-speed rail project

A partnership team consisting of Systra, Italferr (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group) and Egis has been awarded a €32.3 million contract on Rail Baltica.

The group will provide engineering and project management services for the preparation, procurement and supervision of Rail Baltica Control-Command and Signalling subsystem deployment.

An agreement has been signed between the Rail Baltica joint venture, the global project coordinator RB Rail AS and an international consortium for the Control-Command and signalling engineering, and works supervision for Rail Baltica

Rail Baltica is a joint project of three EU Member States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – and concerns the development of a fast conventional double-track 1435mm electrified gauge and ERTMS equipped railway line with an overall length of 870km.

The basis of the rail project is the route from Tallinn through Pärnu, Riga, Panevėžys, Kaunas to the Lithuania-Poland state border, and trains on the line will run at speeds of up to 249km/h.

The Rail Baltica high-speed line will include connections to seven international railway passenger stations, three multimodal terminals, connections to airports and seaports, as well several regional passenger stations, maintenance facilities and interfaces with the existing 1520mm railway network.

Under the new contract, the engineering services team will have full responsibility for the management of the project. Additionally, they will set up a project management office, develop technical solutions and manage the implementation of the works providing technical supervision of design, construction, system integration, testing and commissioning, putting in operation and defect notification period.

Marc-Philippe El Beze, chief technical officer and member of the management board at RB Rail AS, said, “Our goal is to provide a fully unified and interoperable solution of the Control-Command and Signalling system along the whole 870km Rail Baltica route and to reach this target that we were looking for Systems Engineering Services with the technical expertise, experience and skills to manage the implementation of this sophisticated, interconnected and almost “state-of-the-art” Control-Command and Signalling solutions.”

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