Information published on 2 February 2016 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 483.

Czech Republic: Newly installed AVV train autopilot will improve safeguarding of railway lines and train punctuality

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On 23 December 2015 the Railway Infrastructure Administration implemented two projects for installing the line part of the Automatic Train Operation System (AVV). Its main aim is to increase operation safety, decrease electrical power costs and ensure a better observance of the timetable.

AVV is the system’s superstructure part designed for automatic control of tractive and driving vehicles on the railway network owned by the Czech Republic, designated as CRV&AVV (Central Vehicle Regulator and Automatic Train Operation). AVV contains a regulator of target braking and a regulator of running time. The task of this equipment (in cooperation with CRV) is ensuring automatic train control.

During construction, the installation of directed track magnetic information points (MIB) was carried out as they allow the AVV system to determine the immediate position and direction of a train on the line at the moment of passing this point. The Railway Infrastructure Administration network was installed with over 300 new information points covering more than 200 km of line sections. At the same time, the network of already built parts was strengthened and trains can travel automatically on other adjoining sections which saves fuel and traction power.

The total cost of the construction designated as Installation of the AVV line part – TEN-T railway network amounts to 168,936,566 CZK (VAT excluded) or around six million euros. The project was co-financed by the European Union from its Cohesion Fund under the Operational Programme Transport to the amount of 130,625,316 CZK or around 4.8 million euros. The construction supplier was the company AŽD Praha s.r.o.

The total cost of the construction designated as Installation of the AVV line part – outside the TEN-T railway network – amounts to 26,615,175 CZK (VAT excluded) or around 980,000 euros. The project was co-financed by the European Union from its Cohesion Fund under the Operational Programme Transport to the amount of 19,868,646 CZK or around 735,000 euros. The construction supplier was the company STARMON s.r.o.

The investor of both constructions was the Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation. National financing of the projects was provided by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure.

(Source: SZDC)