The European Union (EU) is set to provide a €116.9m grant to support the installation of level two of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on the Paris-Lyon high-speed line, the LGV Sud-Est.

The funding agreement was signed in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and attended by the European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne.

The LGV Sud-Est line is currently one of the busiest high-speed lines in the Europe, using around 240 trains per day, and which served around 44 million passengers last year.

“The project will contribute towards network modernisation, a clear demonstration of how innovation can help us make better use of existing infrastructure.”

The grant, to be provided from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility, will support around 40% of the overall work programme. It includes the replacement or upgrading of interlockings and enhancing power supplies, as well as the installation of Radio Block Centres (RBCs) and GPRS systems.

Deployment works are scheduled to start next year following the tendering of the European Train Control System supply contract.

The installation works are expected to be completed by 2024 and it will be commissioned in 2025, according to Railwaygazette.com.

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Elisabeth Borne was quoted by the Globalrailwayreview.com as saying: “The project will contribute towards network modernisation, a clear demonstration of how innovation can help us make better use of existing infrastructure.

“It is also an investment which attests to France’s determination to be a central feature of Europe’s transport networks, and which will enable us to offer extra services to our passengers.”

As well as standardising the signalling network across Europe, the upgrade works will also increase the frequency of trains from 13 to 16 trains at peak hours.