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October 15, 2014

Infrabel awards ETCS contract to THV Siemens and Cofely Fabricom

Belgium state-owned railway firm Infrabel has awarded a €510m contract to Siemens and Cofely Fabricom joint venture to deliver and install European train control system (ETCS) Level 2 equipment.

By Samseer M

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Belgium state-owned railway firm Infrabel has awarded a €510m contract to Siemens and Cofely Fabricom joint venture to deliver and install European train control system (ETCS) Level 2 equipment.

Under the eight-year contract, THV Siemens and Cofely Fabricom will provide the equipment for 2,300km rail track by 2022.

The existing signalling system will also be upgraded. The Infrabel contract requires Siemens-Cofely to maintain the computer systems and ETCS-equipped components, as well as train the Infrabel crew.

The ETCS is a train signalling, control and safety system designed to bring uniformity among the safety systems being implemented on high-speed lines across Europe.

"The Infrabel contract requires Siemens-Cofely to maintain the computer systems and ETCS-equipped components, as well as train the Infrabel crew."

Under Level 2, data is continuously transmitted from track to train using ETCS that is installed on lineside and on board.

The signalling, control and train protection system offers continuous monitoring and supervision of train speed and allows automatic braking if necessary.

ETCS Level 2 provides information about trains through a GSM-R connection deployed in each signal.

Data about the train position and speed will give the operator a better control over train traffic.

The ETCS will be aligned with the digital communication network that was installed in Belgium’s network in 2009.

Infrabel has installed ETCS Level 1 on 541km rail tracks and ETCS Level 2 on 140km. Infrabel and Belgian national railway company SNBC submitted the ETCS master plan to the parliament for approval in October 2011.

In May, Siemens received three contracts worth €60m from Hungary’s infrastructure development company Nemezeti Infrastruktúra Fejleszto to provide ETCS Level 2 for its rail network.


Image: Siemens ETCS system Trainguard. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.

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