GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has awarded Siemens and Kapsch CarrierCom a €93m contract to supply ETCS Level 2 signalling and GSM-R communications for the Ebensfeld - Erfurt - Leipzig high speed line which is now under construction.

Part of a major post-reunification project to upgrade the München - Nürnberg - Berlin corridor, the first 123 km section is scheduled to open from Leipzig and Halle to Erfurt in 2015. The 107 km Erfurt - Ebensfeld section is to follow by December 2017.

The contract announced on September 6 covers a total of around 500 track-km. Siemens' Rail Automation business unit is to supply 13 Simis D type electronic interlockings plus Trainguard 200 ETCS for the signalling and automatic train protection, while Kapsch CarrierCom will provide the GSM-R voice and data communications network.