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Infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket expects to issue a formal request for proposals for its planned national roll-out of ERTMS within the next few weeks, following government approval of the financing required.
Prequalification has already started for the project, which envisages the introduction of ETCS Level 2 across the entire network by 2030, at an estimated cost of NKr26bn. The Ministry of Transport & Communications’ recommendation that JBV be allowed to proceed was endorsed by the government on May 11, paving the way for the funding to be allocated in the revised national budget for 2016.
Put to parliament for formal approval, Proposition 126 S of the budget package gives JBV the powers to proceed with procurement and enter into formal contracts up to the anticipated cost of the whole project. ERTMS Project Manager Eivind Skorstad said this was a ‘solid declaration of confidence’ from the government, and a ‘happy day’ for JBV, adding that his team was ‘highly motivated’ to push ahead with the project.
The package also includes funding for the ETCS onboard equipment, which would be procured by JBV and made available to the train operators as required. The intention is to award three contracts, covering the lineside infrastructure, onboard equipment and a new traffic management system, which could be installed as early as 2018-19.
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