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    Progress being made towards Single European Railway Area, says ERA


    Reflecting progress with its key roles of technical harmonisation and authorisation, the EU Agency for Railways has been reviewing its mission and setting out priorities for the coming years, as Executive Director Josef Doppelbauer explains to Nick Kingsley.

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    NS awards ETCS onboard equipment contract


    NETHERLANDS: NS has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to equip 176 VIRM double-deck EMUs for use with ETCS Level 2, in the first major contract for the roll-out of ETCS onboard equipment under the national retrofitting programme. Siemens Mobility will provide the equipment and installation support ...

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    Rail Business UK

    National Train Control Systems framework aims to develop UK signalling market


    UK: Network Rail is planning to establish a multi-supplier National Train Control Systems framework for the delivery of major enhancements and renewals, including ETCS and conventional signalling. It is envisaged that the 10-year framework would cover five suppliers, and have an estimated overall value of £4bn. ...

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    Signalling: OCORA aims at onboard simplification


    This month is due to see the second release of the OCORA specifications being developed by an international working group to facilitate a standard ‘reference architecture’ for onboard Command Control & Signalling systems.

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    Slow ERTMS roll-out is hindering French market opening, regulator warns


    FRANCE: The limited roll-out of ERTMS is a major obstacle to the opening of the French domestic market to competition, according to rail regulator ART.

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    Rail Business UK

    Government confirms further funding for ECML ETCS rollout


    UK: The government has confirmed a £950·5m tranche of funding for the East Coast Digital Programme to deploy ETCS Level 2 on the section of the East Coast Main Line between London’s King’s Cross and Stoke Tunnel, south of Grantham. The funding announced by Secretary of ...


    Installation robot to accelerate ETCS roll-out


    NETHERLANDS: Strukton Rail is to work with Trackbot robot developers AMT Group and No Man Trackwork to produce a prototype autonomous machine for the fast and accurate installation of balises and axle counters as part of the national ERTMS deployment programme. The partners hope that a prototype ...

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    RFI awards €2·7bn of ERTMS contracts


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded four geographical contracts totalling €2·7bn for the deployment of ERTMS on 4 220 km of line. The programme is being financed by the National Plan for Recovery & Resilience, and is in addition to a €500m contract previously awarded to Hitachi ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Class 43 ETCS retrofit project makes progress


    UK: Thales and leasing company Porterbrook have announced the successful retrofitting of three Class 43 HST power cars with ETCS onboard equipment complying with UNISIG baseline B3R2. Following successful ETCS Level 2 Testing at Network Rail’s Melton Rail Innovation & Development Centre ...

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    France: Newcomers still face market entry hurdles


    With France’s passenger market finally open to competition, a report from regulatory body ART finds that various barriers still hinder access for new entrants. Jérémie Anne asks ART President Bernard Roman what lessons have been learnt and what lies ahead.

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    Pendolino ETCS contract awarded


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator ČD has awarded a contract for its flagship fleet of seven Class 680 Pendolino trainsets to be equipped with ETCS, which will allow them to operate at up to 200 km/h on sections of the network. The contract worth KC413·9m was awarded ...

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    ERTMS conference explores rollout strategies and ‘game changer’ enhancements


    The EU Agency for Railways’ 2022 ERTMS Conference focused on the technical advances, deployment strategies and political imperatives that will shape deployment over the coming years. Jérémie Anne reports from Valenciennes.

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    Rail Business UK

    ETCS lineside equipment commissioned on Northern City Line


    UK: In a major step for the East Coast Digital Programme, the ETCS Level 2 signalling and train control equipment on the Northern City Line between Finsbury Park and Moorgate was commissioned over the May Day bank holiday weekend. The conversion is a key element in ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ‘Unique in Europe’ Welsh test centre to push technological boundaries


    UK: The Global Centre of Rail Excellence at Onllwyn in south Wales will be ‘unique in Europe’ when it opens in 2025, GCRE Chief Technology Officer Andy Doherty told the Railway Industry Association Innovation Conference on April 27.

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    Digitalisation: Keeping the trains on track


    Funding has been allocated in the 2022-23 national budget to roll out the locally developed Kavach train collision avoidance system on more than 2 000 route-km of Indian Railways. Raghu Dayal investigates.

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    Thales selected for Dutch ERTMS Central Safety System contract


    NETHERLANDS: Infrastructure manager ProRail has selected Thales as preferred bidder for a contract to develop, install and maintain an ERTMS Central Safety System on the 7 000 track-km network. The contract is potentially worth €420m over its maximum duration of 37 years. Siemens had also been ...

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    RFI awards €500m ERTMS framework agreement


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a partnership of Hitachi Rail, Alstom Ferroviaria and Ceit a €500m framework agreement to design and deploy ERTMS in Sicily (480 km), Umbria (150 km) and on the Roccasecca – Avezzano line (80 km).

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    Infranord locos to be equipped with Hitachi ETCS


    SWEDEN: Hitachi Rail is to fit ETCS and STM-ATC2 equipment on two Class Tb diesel locomotives operated by state-owned railway construction and maintenance company Infranord. STM-ATC2 enables vehicles equipped with ETCS to operate on lines which have not yet been equipped with ETCS lineside technology. ‘These ...

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    Siemens to retrofit SNCB fleet for ETCS Level 2 operation


    BELGIUM: National passenger operator SNCB has selected Siemens Mobility to upgrade the ETCS onboard equipment on selected electric multiple-units and push-pull driving trailers for Level 2 operation.

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    ERTMS axle counter framework contract awarded


    NETHERLANDS: ProRail has awarded Thales its ‘Generic Axle Counter System for ERTMS’ framework contract, which covers the supply of axle counting systems for use in ERTMS deployment projects over eight years plus the provision of 25 years of maintenance. With the infrastructure ...