The National Railway Infrastructure Company of Bulgaria (NRIC) has begun installing modern signaling and telecommunication systems, including ETCS Level 1, on 293 km of the Plovdiv – Burgas line, which will help increase the safety and interoperability of international rail transport.

Bulgaria installs the latest train safety system
Picture: NRIC

The project includes the modernization of signaling at 18 railway stations, including the installation of electronic interlocks, the installation of a new train traffic control system and a video surveillance system, as well as the deployment of ETCS Level 1 on the 271-kilometer section of the Manole-Burgas line, informs Railway Supplymagazine citing NRIC.

The new TMS system will also be implemented in Plovdiv, and a rolling stock monitoring system to improve safety will be installed along the entire Plovdiv – Burgas section of 293 km, along with GSM-R and new passenger information systems.

The 185 million leva (US $ 112 million) project is being implemented by the Plobur consortium, which includes the GP Group, Marmet, Bombardier Transportation Italy and Bombardier Transportation Poland.

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“Managing safety in rail transport is a complex process that requires an integrated approach to its solution,” says Papukciiski, CEO of NRIC. “With the introduction of ERTMS and ETCS, it will be possible to monitor and control the rolling stock. The aim of this system is to standardize the different types of signaling and speed control systems that exist in different European countries. Thus, the moment of transition from one country to another is simplified as much as possible, without any technological and regulatory differences, and the safety, control and management of trains are improved. ”

The modernization is part of the second phase of the project for the rehabilitation of the Plovdiv-Burgas railway line, which is partly funded by the European Union Cohesion Fund.

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