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First line of Copenhagen S-Bane in service following new signalling

23 March 2016  •  Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review

Service has now begun on the first section of the Copenhagen S-Bane to receive Communications-Based Train Control System signalling.

Copenhagen S-Bane

Signalling replacement is currently underway on the entire 170 kilometre Copenhagen S-Bane with work carried out by Siemens. The dual track commuter rail network will be fitted with a Communications-Based Train Control System with work across the line divided into 6 phases, the first of which is now complete.

The first phase; the newly opened 25 kilometre line runs from the suburb of Hillerod in the north to Jaegersborg east of the capital and will be used by more than 70,000 commuters a day. Once the complete network is open, up to 84 trains an hour will travel on the core network – equivalent to more than 100 million passengers per year. The remaining phases will enter passenger service in the coming years.

“Replacing the existing signalling system – parts of which are more than 60 years old – will significantly increase capacity and reliability”

Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division, 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 to equip Copenhagen S-Bane with Trainguard MT using wireless CBTC technology

Copenhagen’s S-Bane is the backbone of the capital’s public mass transit network. It carries around 350,000 passengers a day – and that number is growing all the time. This reflects the growth in the metropolitan area around the Danish capital where more than one fifth of the entire population of Denmark now lives. Siemens will equip Copenhagen’s entire commuter rail network with the Trainguard MT train control system using wireless CBTC technology (communications-based train control) to achieve automatic operation. This has made it possible to reduce train headways from 120 seconds to 90 seconds within the inner-city area.

Initially, the Copenhagen system will operate in semi-automated mode. This means that the S-Bane trains will be controlled automatically to a large extent but there will still be driver involvement. Siemens will also supply electronic interlockings (Trackguard Sicas ECC), on-board units for a total of 135 S-Bane trains as well as the operations control system (Controlguide OCS) that monitors traffic and controls interlockings and infrastructure.

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