Siemens is delivering a communications-based train control (CBTC) system on the 170km dual-track commuter rail network of the Copenhagen S-Bane in Denmark.
The first phase of the six phase rail project features a 25km line stretching from the suburb of Hillerod in the north to Jaegersborg in the east of Copenhagen.
The line, which has recently opened, will be able to serve more than 70,000 passengers every day. After the complete network is operational, it will be capable of handling up to 84 trains travelling on the core network each hour.
The complete network will be able to serve over 100 million passengers every year. The other five phases will support passenger service over the next few years.
Siemens Mobility Division CEO Jochen Eickholt said: "Replacing the existing signalling system, parts of which are more than 60 years old, will significantly increase capacity and reliability.
"The S-Bane will become a more attractive option for commuters and private transport will be reduced.
"At the same time, the state-of-the-art systems will cut energy consumption."
Siemens will be responsible for providing the Trainguard MT train control system for the entire commuter rail network of the city.
The control system uses CBTC technology to achieve automatic operation, which has helped the system to reduce train headways from 120 seconds to 90 seconds within the inner-city area.
The technology will start by operating in semi-automated mode, allowing the S-Bane trains to be largely controlled automatically, though they will also have drivers.
Siemens will also have to provide electronic interlockings (Trackguard Sicas ECC) and onboard units to 135 S-Bane trains, as well as the operations control system (Controlguide OCS), which helps monitor traffic and control interlockings and infrastructure.
Copenhagen’s S-Bane is a major part of the capital’s public mass transit network, which handles 350,000 passengers every day.
Image: Copenhagen’s S-Bane carries nearly 350,000 passengers every day. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.