Siemens wins state contract in Hungary for infrastructure modernization
Nemzeti Infrastruktúra Fejlesztő Zrt (NIF), the Hungarian state-run company for infrastructure development, has awarded Siemens an order worth €53 million to supply two electronic Simis interlockings, an Iltis remote control system, and 15 level crossings, reports Breaking Travel News.
The components will be manufactured in the Siemens plants in Budapest, Wallisellen (Switzerland), and Braunschweig. The systems are scheduled for commissioning in 2013.
Trackside facilities in Hungary are in the need of extensive modernization to transform the regionally well-integrated rail network into a modern, efficient international transport route. The EU will provide Hungary €1.8 billion by 2013 to finance the project, which includes the order awarded to the Siemens Mobility Division to supply a complete train protection system for the line between Budapest-Kelenföld and Székesfehérvár.
The 65-kilometer Budapest-Kelenföld to Székesfehérvár section is part of the Pan-European traffic corridor V, which runs from Italy through Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary to Ukraine. Rail traffic accounts for almost 20% of the total volume of freight in Hungary. Modernizing this route will reduce transport times to the Mediterranean ports.
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