DANISH infrastructure manager Banedanmark has confirmed that the rollout of ETCS on the eastern portion of its network will now not be completed until 2033, three years later than previously envisaged.

Banedanmark says it has agreed an alternative schedule for the delivery of works with Alstom, which is working under a contract originally worth €300m signed in December 2011 to equip around 800km of lines with ETCS Level 2 Baseline 3.

Issues with equipping Danish fleets with onboard ETCS equipment ultimately led to a rethink of the original schedule of the project, work on which started in 2012. In November 2017, the Danish government announced that it was pushing back completion from a previously revised deadline of 2023 to 2030.

Banedanmark says the project has faced challenges with progress in the east of the country, which has delayed rollout. In addition, major infrastructure projects launched since the start of work - the Fehmarn Belt tunnel, the new Vestfyn line from Odense to Middlefart and capacity expansion at Ringsted - have increased the overall scope of the ERTMS programme.

The revised schedule is as follows:

                                                                 Existing completion date            Revised completion date

Roskilde - Holbaek - Kalundborg           2024                                                     2024
Svendorgbanen                                        2025                                                     2026
Øresundsbanen                                        2025                                                     2027 (2026)
Ringsted - Mogenstrup                            2029                                                     2026
Nykøbing F - Rødbyhavn                        2028                                                     2027
Kystbanen                                                2028                                                     2033
Korsør - Middelfart                                 2027                                                     2028
Vestfyn new line                                      2028                                                     2029
Femern                                                                                                        2029
Roskilde - Korsør                                    2029                                                     2029-30
Roskilde - Copenhagen                           2028                                                     2033
Copenhagen - Østerport                          2030                                                     2031