With ageing signalling infrastructure posing an increasing threat to operating performance, Norway has adopted a plan to roll out ERTMS across its entire national network by 2030. Sverre Kjenne, director of signalling and telecommunications for infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket, tells Keith Barrow how Norway will manage procurement and deployment of new signalling and train control technologies.
The infrastructure pillar of Europe's Shift2Rail research programme promises a raft of innovations aimed at improving resilience and reducing costs. Professor Andy Doherty, chief rail technology officer with Network Rail and chairman of the European Rail Research Advisory Council, outlined the aspirations for this major initiative at the recent VDEI track conference in Münster, Germany.
LONDON Underground (LU) has confirmed that work will start this year on the revisedd project to introduce a new train control system on the Sub-Surface Line network comprising the Circle, Metropolitan, District and Hammersmith & City lines.
To accommodate increasing demand and network extensions, Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) engaged in a project to upgrade its track-circuit based signalling system to communications-based train control (CBTC). Mr L Y Lam, advisor to BTS, and Dr Chaisak Srisethanil, BTS' project and engineering director, chart the evolution and highlight the major challenges of this innovative project.
The Satloc project has successfully demonstrated the application of global navigation satellite technology for use as part of a simplified train control system for low-traffic lines. Lucas Redding, software architect, standards, platform and portfolio, with Siemens Rail Automation UK, outlines the Satloc project, its achievements and benefits.
While ERTMS is now widely regarded as a standard train control system and is being adopted by railways around the world, there is still considerable dissatisfaction with the technology and its implementation in Europe. David Briginshaw analyses the current situation.