The Rail Baltica joint venture and contracting party RB Rail AS has announced the design and build tender for the full scope of the Control-Command and Signalling subsystem (CCS) implementation for the Rail Baltica mainline. The public procurement procedure is carried out in two stages with negotiations, and the contract is expected to be signed in mid-2024.
“The goal of the Rail Baltica Global Project is to secure a fully unified and interoperable Control-Command and Signalling system along the whole 870 km Rail Baltica mainline. In the beginning of 2022, we onboarded an international consortium for the Control-Command and Signalling to engineer and works supervision, and now that the concept design and deployment strategy is in place, we are moving on to the next stage,” said Jean Marc-Bedmar, Head of Systems and Operations Department at RB Rail AS. “The largest global market players have already manifested a strong interest in the Rail Baltica project and considering the level of complexity and strategic significance of this activity, Rail Baltica is looking for a long-term partnership with the relevant technical expertise and experience to manage this “state-of-the-art” project.”
The technical scope of the Rail Baltica Control-Command and Signalling subsystem deployment includes ETCS (European Train Control System), FRMCS (Future Railway Mobile Communication System), interlocking and block system, traffic management system, ICT (Information and Communication Technology) systems including data transmission network, voice communication, cyber security, ancillary systems for railway operation communication, monitoring applications, SCADA (Supervisory control and data acquisition), station equipment on stations including passenger information, CCTV (Close Circuit Television Cameras), master clock, ticketing system, platform gates for some stations, non-traction power supply for CCS subsystems, cableway system for all systems as well as technical buildings/premises.
Design, construction and commissioning of the Rail Baltica Control-Command and Signalling Subsystem will be carried out during the performance of the joint contract, including the defect notification period. Currently, it is estimated that the implementation of the CCS for the Rail Baltica mainline will take place until the end of 2030.
Applications must be submitted electronically by 1 March 2023. More information on the Rail Baltica Global project website.
For the background:
On 18 January 2022, an agreement was signed between RB Rail AS and an international consortium, partnership team consisting of SYSTRA, ITALFERR (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group) and EGIS to provide engineering and project management services for the preparation, procurement and supervision of Rail Baltica Control-Command and Signalling subsystem deployment that include the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2, interlocking, traffic management, information, and communication technologies (ICT), ancillary, station, and non-traction power supply subsystems.