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Siemens has secured three contracts from Hungary’s infrastructure development company Nemezeti Infrastruktúra Fejleszto Zrt to supply signalling and control technology for the country’s rail network.

The combined value of all three contracts is approximately €60m.

As per the agreed terms, the company will install European train control system (ETCS) Level 2 on two sections of the railway line, between the Budapest suburb of Ferencváros and the small eastern town of Gyoma.

In order to be equipped with ETCS Level 2, the third section runs west from Ferencváros to Székesfehérvár. All the three sections are expected to enter services by the end of 2015.

Siemens’ rail automation division will supply the Trainguard 200 automatic train protection system for ETCS Level 2 for roughly 200km of track.

Information can be transmitted to the vehicle from the radio block centre through Euroradio using ETCS Level 2, even when the train is stationary.

Drivers using ETCS Level 2 will also receive instructions directly on a display in the driver’s cab, which increases line capacity as the train can accelerate immediately when the display changes from stop to go. This enables speeds of up to 300km/h to be reached.

The installation of ETCS train protection system is in line with European Union’s directive that was issued in 1996, which aims to resolve the compatibility issues caused by using different train protection systems.


Image: ETCS ‘Eurobalise’ transceiver, installed between rails, provides information to ETCS trains. Photo: courtesy of Halász István.