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Estonian Railways Ltd and Siemens Mobility – GRK Rail Consortium have signed an agreement to renew the CCS systems on Estonian Railways infrastructure 

Eesti Raudtee’s goals in this modernization project is to achieve optimal, reliable, safe, and low-cost lifecycle railway infrastructure. Another objective is to be prepared for the future and be compliant with the EU directives and standards. The new CCS system will improve the safety of the railways and will enable the introduction of the ERTMS in the future. By modernizing its infrastructure, Eesti Raudtee will be contributing to the green goals of European transport policy, which is to divert 30% of road transport to rail and waterway by 2030 and 50% by 2050.
“The vision of Estonian Railways Ltd is to be one of the region’s most advanced railway infrastructure managers. Continuous investing into development and maintenance of the infrastructure, like our newest contract with Siemens Mobility – GRK Rail Consortium, ensures conditions for high-quality, efficient and safe rail traffic in both cargo and passenger transport and also contributes to the country's regional development”, says the Chairman of the Management Board Erik Laidvee from Eesti Raudtee.
The CCS contract, with a total cost of little over € 115 million, has been signed for 25 years and includes the deployment of certified CCS systems that meet railway safety requirements, spare parts needed throughout the contract period and 5 years of support and maintenance services. To this amount various system changes, support and maintenance services will be added according to the needs of Eesti Raudtee. “Through long-term cooperation, we ensure that new CCS systems are monitored through regular inspections, the railway team has acquired new competencies, optimal availability of harmonized spare parts is ensured, preventive maintenance is planned and carried out, and rapid fault response is ensured to ensure safety and system continuity. The work will create the preconditions for remote traffic control, and within the framework of the agreement, integration with the new central traffic management system will also be carried out”, added Laidvee.  
Siemens Mobility’s and GRK Rail’s joint delivery include engineering, delivery, installation and testing of the new signalling system. Siemens Mobility is responsible for the system delivery and overall project management and GRK Rail is responsible for all installations and site management.
“Siemens Mobility has strong expertise as a leader in the digitalization of rail transport. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make trains and infrastructure intelligent. It’s great to be part in creating smoother and safer use of railways,” says Siemens Mobility Oy CEO Juha Lehtonen. 
“GRK Rail Oy is a full-service railway technology supplier and is part of Finnish infra construction company GRK group. GRK Rail has strong expertise in construction of railway technical systems and wants to share it with customer for this demanding project. The project is very suitable to GRK group’s growth strategy in the Baltic countries”, explains Timo Virmala from GRK Rail Oy.
The modernization program of the CCS systems will take place in three different stages during 2020 - 2027. Execution phase of stages one and two is planned to be completed by the end of 2024.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.1 billion. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at
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