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Bombardier Develops Interlocking Technology for Regional Railway Lines in Poland
  • Polish research project’s cost-efficient rail traffic control system, SEL-1, will help to revitalise economic growth
  • Innovative solution is based around the BOMBARDIER EBI Lock 950 computer-based interlocking system
  • Katowice, March 8, 2013 - Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has completed a research and development project aimed at boosting the Polish economy through improved regional rail services. Under the title “Dedicated innovative rail traffic control and signalling solutions for low density traffic railway lines for Poland”, Bombardier developed the new SEL-1 system, a cost-efficient interlocking solution for the country’s regional lines, in co-operation with the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków. Bombardier’s site in Katowice, Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS) Polska Sp. z o.o, led the project, which was co-financed by Poland’s National Centre for Research and Development, based in Warsaw.

    Low density traffic railway lines have played an important role in regional revitalisation in many European countries. To make the most of their economic potential, countries including Poland are looking for new rail technologies that combine safety with cost-effective operations and maintenance. The scope of the joint research included innovative energy supply technologies for powering wayside equipment and radio transmission systems that significantly reduce the need to lay cables. The new interlocking solution is based around Bombardier’s EBI Lock 950 computer-based interlocking (CBI) R4 system, using many common components. It is adapted fully to the requirements of the Polish market’s low density traffic lines. This adds to Bombardier’s expertise in such technology, which includes the world’s first ERTMS Regional system – the advanced BOMBARDIER INTERFLO 550 solution, featuring the facility for automatic train protection, which was launched in Sweden during 2012.

    Slawomir Nalewajka, Head of Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS) Polska Sp. z o.o., said: “One of Bombardier’s strengths is our ability to apply our global expertise together with our local knowledge to help develop Polish rail infrastructure further. This new technology will prove vital for the economic growth of the whole country and will benefit all regions in Poland.”

    Janusz Kućmin, Chief Country Representative of Bombardier Transportation for Poland, added: “Bombardier Transportation not only supplies solutions specific for mainline applications, but also invests in the development of regional railway lines. The newly developed solution will contribute to 2 significant improvement of the economics of regional railway services in our country.”

    This is the third research project co-financed with public funds that Bombardier has completed in Poland. The company has also worked on projects focusing on “Preparations for the implementation of an innovative rail traffic management and control system SYN-1”, completed in 2012, as well as “Implementation of the health monitoring system for railway lines”, completed in 2008.

    Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS) Polska Sp. z o.o. is a wholly-owned Bombardier company based in Katowice, Poland. With almost 90 years’ experience in providing the latest signalling technology to the Polish rail network, the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) certified company has a unique understanding of the market. Its 500 employees design and manufacture a full range of rail control signalling equipment for mainline, mass transit and industrial applications that have been delivered in Poland and worldwide. Its INTERFLO 450 European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) technology is being delivered for three contracts in Poland: on the E30 line as part of the pilot project between Legnica and the German border and for commercial operation on the Legnica-Wroclaw-Opole section of E30 line, as well as on the Warsaw to Gdynia section of the E65 line.

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