Bombardier, a transportation solutions provider, has received a contract for the modernization of the signaling system on the major East-West Rail Corridor in Latvia.
The turnkey contract was awarded by LDZ, Latvian Railways, to a consortium led by Bombardier, together with telecommunications provider, Belam. The total contract value is approximately $65 million, of which Bombardier’s share is approximately $18 million. It includes the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the Bombardier (i) Interflo (i) 200 signaling system on the east-west routes from Krustpils to Rezneke, and from Krustpils to Daugavpils and the Daugavpils junction area.
For Latvian Railways, this contract, encompassing a strategic East-West rail route of approximately 200 kilometers and 20 stations, represents a significant step forward in modernization plans for main line rail travel across the country. In addition to signaling systems, and all telecommunications and power equipment for the line, the project also includes installation of traffic control centers in Jelgava and Daugavpils.
The Bombardier Interflo 200 system is a complete signaling solution designed specifically for high density main lines, with Bombardier (i) EBI (i) Lock computer-based interlocking (CBI) systems to control and supervise signals, point machines and level crossings. The systems will be produced by Bombardier’s sites in Sweden, Finland, Poland and Russia and are scheduled to enter commercial operation in late 2010.
Anders Lindberg, president of rail control solutions at Bombardier Transportation, said: I am proud that Bombardier continues to play such a positive role in the modernization of Latvia’s major railway routes. This contract is further proof of the excellent reputation Bombardier has earned in a region where more than 100 stations, including the principal station at Riga, have Bombardier solutions.