Modernization on track: AŽD selected to upgrade the Hungarian railway corridor

Modernization on track: AŽD selected to upgrade the Hungarian railway corridor

The project represents a step forward in improving the safety and efficiency of Hungary's railway corridor, using state-of-the-art signalling technologies provided by AŽD and the expertise of V4SIL.

Hungary's railway corridor is set to benefit from advanced technologies as Czech company AŽD wins a contract with Hungarian construction company V4SIL, part of the V-Híd holding. With a focus on cooperation and respect for local requirements, the partnership aims to deliver a reliable and advanced railway system for the region. The contract includes supplying advanced signalling technology and implementing a common European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 for the Soroksár - Kelebia project.

This is the second major contract AŽD has won for the Hungarian railway network. The project consists of two parts, with the primary section covering the Fülöpszállás - Kelebia line, including eight stations and adjacent track sections. The northern section of the Soroksár - Fülöpszállás line, including a total of 10 stations and adjacent track sections, was awarded as an option.

Under the contract, AŽD will supply and install digital station interlocking equipment, including the integrated line signalling system ITZZ, LED signal lamps, level crossings, and stationary components of the ETCS Level 2 system. V4SIL, a Hungarian company jointly founded by V-Híd and AŽD, will contribute to the project by designing, manufacturing, and installing railway signalling equipment in accordance with local regulations and legislation. The cooperation will include the use of Czech expertise and tools in Hungarian equipment production, as well as the development of customized software to meet Hungarian requirements.

“We have been striving for this contract for a long time and it is very important for us. The project implementation time of 27 months is extremely demanding. In addition, the complexity of the entire project underlines the requirement to link the AŽD systems to the technologies of the Chinese contractor, which is implementing the Serbian section of the line. Our goal is to win more contracts in Hungary. Since it is obvious that they value their own contractors here, we are following the strategy of cooperation with national companies," said AŽD CEO Zdeněk Chrdle.

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