INDIA: The 82 km Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System will be the country’s first railway to be equipped with ETCS Hybrid Level 3, which adds short virtual sections on top of a Level 2 installation to allow operation at closer headways.
ETCS is being adopted to facilitate interoperability between the various RRTS 160 km/h electrified rail corridors radiating from the capital. The use of radio-based Hybrid Level 3 is intended to optimise line capacity and performance by continuously monitoring and adjusting train speeds, as well as facilitating automatic train operation.
The technology is to be supplied by Alstom under a €106m contract awarded by project promoter National Capital Region Transport Corp. As well as the design, supply and installation of signalling and train control, Package 24 also covers the telecommunications and platform screens doors. Alstom’s Atlas trackside and onboard equipment has recently been certified as meeting the latest Baseline 3 standards.
Alstom said the contract announced on January 20 marked a world premiere for this combination of the latest ETCS standard supported by the latest digital interlocking technology and ATO using LTE.
‘Alstom sees huge potential for the technology in the Indian market’, said Ling Fang, Senior Vice-President of Alstom Asia-Pacific. ‘We are looking forward to deploying our advanced technologies in a bid to revamp the main line railway landscape.’