Serbia’s railways have had a long neglected history. The 3,809 km network finally saw some investment in 2010 when twelve new trains from the Metrovagonmash were ordered and began service. Since then passenger ridership has greatly improved and now the country is looking to keep up with this demand. In 2015 it was decided that State railway company Železnice Srbije would be restructured allowing four companies to S Holding, ŽS Infrastructure which will be responsible for managing the extensive network, Srbija Voz which will be responsible for passenger operations, and freight operator Srbija Kargo. In light of these new developments across the network, Alstom will deliver its latest signalling interlocking technology to the Serbian Railway Company, working in close cooperation with the Serbian Mihajlo Pupin Institute. The project was ordered by Russian RZD International.
Alstom ( @Alstom ) is a French multinational company operating worldwide in rail transport markets, active in the fields of passenger transportation, signalling and locomotives, with products including the AGV, TGB, Eurostar and Pendolino high-speed trains; suburban, regional and metro trains, and Citadis trams. Installed in more than 25 countries with different signalling principles each time, the components of Smartlock electronic interlocking products have more than proven themselves and are able to manage up to 1,400 routes.
The basic role of interlocking is to authorise trains to continue to cross points or not depending on the global condition of traffic on the network. It therefore ensures a safe journey and avoids all risk of conflict between train paths. System reaction times are reduced to a minimum (less than one second) to ensure maximum network availability and safety. Smartlock 400 is being installed in Italy, Denmark, Turkey and Romania.
With eight out of 17 lines being dedicated exclusively to freight transport, Pancevo is one of the largest and most important Serbian railway stations. Its rehabilitation is the first step in an ambitious project for the reconstruction of a total of 20 km of the Serbian railway line linking Pancevo to Belgrade, to secure the high level of commuter traffic between both cities and further optimize the international transit traffic to Romania. Today, 60 passenger and freight trains daily circulate on the line and this number is expected to reach 136 trains by 2020.
Gabriel Stanciu, Alstom Managing Director for Romania, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova said: “We are extremely proud to have succeeded in delivering this pioneering project in just 20 months together with our local partner, the Mihajlo Pupin Institute, in a challenging environment. This is one of the first implementations of a modern interlocking system in Serbia, where the signalling and operating rules are very different from other European countries.”
Smartlock 400, the latest version of the Smartlock family, interfaces directly with trackside equipment, with no need for intermediate relays. This means that reaction time can be further reduced as well minimising trackside footprint and maintenance costs.
This project integrates Alstom’s Smartlock 400 solution with new equipment designed and produced by the Mihajlo Pupin institute, never used before at an industrial scale. The new solution has become operational following extensive tests.
Overall 25 specialists from Alstom were involved in designing and implementing this contract. The Alstom team in Romania was in charge of the engineering and project management while the team in Bologna (Italy) delivered the products and contributed to the project coordination. They also provided training to over 25 Serbian employees from the Serbian railway operator to use these modern solutions.
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