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Toufic Machnouk, Network Rail’s Programme Director for Digital Railway on East Coast Main Line, explains why the route is appointing partners to create a digital railway transformation.
This installation of ETCS will be the first time that digital signalling has been installed on an existing fleet of electric passenger trains.
The new locomotives will enable cross-border transport without the need to change locomotives; improving the passenger experience.
Alstom has installed European Train Control System (ETCS) on Vectron locomotives for 37 different operators across Europe.
For this project, ENGIE Ineo and Thales worked on the construction of rail electrification, revenue collection, signalling and telecommunication systems.
ETCS Level 2 safely optimises line capacity by anticipating and adapting the speed of the trains through continuous train control and supervision via a radio-based signalling system.
The integration of digital systems on Sydney’s rail network is one step closer after NSW government sign a $16 million contract.
For the first time in Switzerland, a large series of multiple units will be equipped with an ETCS automatic train protection system.
The Railway Systems Integration Partner (RSIP) will be appointed via a framework contract worth up to £45 million over eight years.
Deutsche Bahn has ordered a total of 137 ICE 4 trains, all equipped with ETCS, which will operate not only in Germany but across national borders.
“The lesson I have drawn from my time as Secretary of State is this is an industry that’s got to be much smarter at communicating with passengers,” says Chris to Global Railway Review.