Canadian rail manufacturer Bombardier is upgrading a 20km double track section of Pan European Corridor X with European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) / European Train Control System (ETCS) technology.

Under the deal, Bombardier will install the Interflo 250 ERTMS/ETCS Level 1 system on the track section, linking the stations of Okucani and Novska in Croatia.

Bombardier’s Interflo system has been operating in Croatia since January 2012 on the upgraded 33.5km section of the same corridor that links Vinkovci to Tovarnik, enabling trains to operate at safer speeds of up to 160 km/h.

The Pan European Corridor X runs between Salzburg in Austria and Thessaloniki in Greece, passing through Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia.

"Bombardier will install the Interflo 250 ERTMS/ETCS Level 1 system on the track section, linking the stations of Okucani and Novska in Croatia."

Bombardier is responsible for the design, delivery and commissioning of the signalling system and will also provide a next-generation EBI Lock 950 R4 computer-based interlocking (CBI) system and wayside equipment.

European rail and signalling industry consortium UNISIG has developed the signalling system to improve cross-border traffic.

As an active member of UNISIG, Bombardier developed the system specifications with its own balise transmission technology.

Bombardier Transportation’s head of rail control solutions for the eastern Mediterranean region Franco Pietrini said: "As part of the upgrade on a section of a Pan European interoperable corridor, which will enhance travel and transport links across Europe, our technology is also contributing to the development of the national rail network, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Croatian Railways."

Bombardier’ Interflo 450 Level 2 system has been operating since 2009 on high-speed rail lines in China.

Its ERTMS technology is installed in Croatia, Korea, Switzerland, Spain and Taiwan.