Copenhagen's S-Bane is the backbone of the Danish capital's public mass transit network. It carries around 350,000 passengers a day - and that number is rising all the time, reflecting the growth in the metropolitan area around the city where more than one fifth of the entire population of Denmark now lives. The World Population Review is predicting Copenhagen's population continue its gradual growth, increasing from 583,000 in the city proper in 2015 to 715,000 in 2030 and 755,000 in 2040. When the larger metropolitan area is considered, Copenhagen has a population of 1.99 million. As a result of this growth, pressure has increased on the transport network and its signalling system, some of which is over 60 years old. As part of its development to match the growth, Siemens will equip Copenhagen's entire commuter rail network with the Trainguard MT train control system using wireless CBTC technology (communications-based train control) to achieve automatic operation, reducing train headways from 120 seconds to 90 seconds within the inner-city area.
Siemens is currently equipping the entire 170 kilometers of the dual-track commuter rail network with a Communications-Based Train Control System. The project is divided into six phases. The first phase; the newly opened 25 kilometer line runs from the suburb of Hillerod in the north to Jaegersborg east of the capital and will be used by more than 70.000 commuters a day. Once the complete network is open, up to 84 trains an hour will travel on the core network - equivalent to more than 100 million passengers per year. The remaining phases will enter passenger service in the coming years.
"Replacing the existing signalling system - parts of which are more than 60 years old - will significantly increase capacity and reliability. The S-Bane will become a more attractive option for commuters and private transport will be reduced. At the same time, the state-of-the-art systems will cut energy consumption", says Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Divisio ( @ )
Initially, the Copenhagen system will operate in semi-automated mode. This means that the S-Bane trains will be controlled automatically to a large extent but there will still be driver involvement. Siemens will also supply electronic interlockings (Trackguard Sicas ECC), on-board units for a total of 135 S-Bane trains as well as the operations control system (Controlguide OCS) that monitors traffic and controls interlockings and infrastructure.
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