Infrabel, the Belgian railway infrastructure operator has announced ambitious plans to modernise its network and awarded Siemens in consortium with Cofely-Fabricom a contract to install European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 across 2,200 kilometres of its track. The contract is worth around €510 million and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2025 and includes installation of the ATP system and the electronic interlocking equipment. This contract is a boost towards the ETCS system which aims to replace more than 20 national automatic train protection (ATP) systems on the European continent and enhance network safety and capacity.
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"This order underscores our leading position in the field of automatic train protection systems," commented Jochen Eickholt, Head of the Mobility Division at Siemens. "Siemens has already successfully installed ETCS Level 1 for the Belgian railways."
The ETCS European Train Control System Level 2 uses the railway-specific GSM-R mobile radio system to ensure a permanent two-way radio connection between the vehicle and trackside. This not only makes continuous speed monitoring possible, it also means that new movement authorities can immediately be transmitted to the vehicle and all relevant information is displayed to the driver in the driver's cab. Siemens is currently equipping lines in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey and Hungary with this system.
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