German rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) has awarded a €93m contract to a consortium of Siemens and Kapsch CarrierCom to equip European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 signalling on the line running from Ebensfeld via Erfurt to Halle and Leipzig.
The Ebensfeld - Erfurt - Leipzig high-speed line, which is currently under construction, forms part of the German Unity Transport Project No. 8.
The project also includes the high-speed route from Nuremberg to Berlin and is part of the railway axis of the trans-European transport network, which will extend from Scandinavia to Italy.
Siemens' rail automation business unit will install 13 Simis D type electronic interlockings, as well as Trainguard 200, the company's automatic train protection system for ETCS Level 2, on the railway line between Ebensfeld and Leipzig.
Trains equipped with the technology will be able to locate their positions within the line section automatically and transmit data cyclically to the radio block centre (RBC).
Kapsch will supply its Global System for Mobile Communication - Railways (GSM-R), which has been used by DB since 2002 for speech communication in its railway operations and as a transmission medium for its ETCS Level 2-based train control.
The first 123km section between Leipzig and Halle to Erfurt is scheduled to open in 2015, while the 107km Erfurt - Ebensfeld section is expected to open in 2017.
While Eurobalises are used as the primary transmission medium in ETCS Level 1, virtually all information in Level 2 is transmitted by means of GSM-R from the RBC to the vehicle via the Euroradio protocol.