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Signalling & Telecommunications - Articles and news items

Signalling & Telecommunications In-Depth Focus 2017

Issue 2 2017, Supplements, Z Homepage promo / 20 March 2017 /

Featuring: Accelerating the deployment of ERTMS in Europe and a review of the deployment plan; ERTMS Norway – preparing for a paradigm shift; and present and future TETRA use in railway signalling applications…

Shaping the longer-term evolution of ERTMS

Rail industry news / 23 February 2017 /

On 14 February 2017, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) released its 2015-2016 Annual Report which provides an overview of the association’s main focus during the last 18 months – one particular focus is ERTMS.

Feedback from the activities of the ERTMS Users Group

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 22 February 2017 /

Michel Ruesen, Managing Director of the ERTMS Users Group, updates the industry on the activities of the organisation and the implementation of ERTMS…

An introduction to validation challenges

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 /

Testing and validating an on-board ‘European Vital Computer’ (EVC) requires a specific test-environment with the ability to simulate all the stimulus, signalling and interfaces with which an EVC can exchange information. The European Union Agency for Railways has listed and publicly disseminated the performance requirements and guidelines to be utilised when developing such a facility. This article from Salvatore Vetruccio, Assessor – CCS On-Board Department at Italcertifer outlines the company’s efforts in developing such a system and the process that led to its success.

European Commission adopts ERTMS European Deployment Plan

Rail industry news / 6 January 2017 /

The European Commission has adopted an implementing regulation on the new European Rail Traffic Management System European Deployment Plan (ERTMS EDP).

Bombardier locomotives receive approval for operation in the Gotthard Base Tunnel

Rail industry news / 29 November 2016 /

Bombardier Transportation has announced that its TRAXX locomotives have been approved for operation on Switzerland’s ETCS routes, including Gotthard Base Tunnel.

Hitachi tests ETCS signalling on intercity trains bound for Great Western route

Rail industry news / 17 November 2016 /

Hitachi is carrying out European Train Control System (ETCS) digital signalling tests on its intercity trains destined for passenger service on the Great Western route from 2017.

ETCS level 2 baseline 3 application successfully tested in Denmark

Rail industry news / 27 September 2016 /

Alstom and Danish infrastructure owner Banedanmark have achieved a world first by successfully testing an ETCS (European Train Control System) level 2 baseline 3 application.

Partnership delivers UK’s first 125mph switches and crossings handback

Rail industry news / 23 September 2016 /

A partnership formed of rail infrastructure consultants AmeySersa and Network Rail delivered the UK’s first 125mph switches and crossings handback on the East Coast Main Line.

What are the implications of satellite-guided digital rail networks?

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 15 September 2016 /

Nigel Davies, Head of QinetiQ’s Secured Navigation group, explores the potential risks and benefits of the increasing use of satellite signals in rail networks.

Digital railway boost with approval of Hitachi’s ETCS on UK passenger services

Rail industry news / 14 September 2016 /

Hitachi Rail Europe has been given approval from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) to use its European Train Control System (ETCS) on passenger services in the UK.

Network Rail awards Port Talbot West Phase 1 resignalling contract

Rail industry news / 12 August 2016 /

Network Rail has awarded Siemens Rail Automation the Port Talbot West Phase 1 resignalling contract which will see the last section of the Great Western Mainline converted for electrification.