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Irish Rail to begin installation of advanced train protection system by end of the year

Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) has said it hopes to begin installing a new advanced train protection system on the network by the end of the year.
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Hitachi’s Class 800 pass Department for Transport’s ETCS tests

Hitachi’s fleet of new intercity trains has passed tests to run European Train Control Systems (ETCS) in the UK. The UK-built Class 800s are due to enter passenger service this autumn on the Great Western main line and on the East Coast main line from 2018. In a bid to accelerate the modernisation of the […]
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Bombardier and CPB Contractors win $1bn contract for Melbourne Metro Tunnel signalling

The Government of Victoria, Australia, has awarded Bombardier and CPB Contractors a $1 billion contract to install 55km of high-capacity signalling (HCS) in the Metro Tunnel. The Metro Tunnel, which will run from North Melbourne to South Yarra, will connect the existing Sunbury and Cranebourne/Pakenham lines. By doing so, it will remove traffic from the […]
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Alstom to develop new traffic management system for French rail network

Alstom is to deploy its traffic management technology across the French rail network under a contract awarded by SNCF Réseau. SNCF said it was part of an “ambitious” programme to upgrade the network’s traffic management systems. Alstom will initially install its Iconis system on lines between Paris, Lyon and Marseille. This is due to be completed […]
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Project partners appointed to Digital Railway programme

Arcadis and Ramboll have won a contract which will see them partner with Network Rail on the development of the Digital Railway. The two companies will become programme partners and will help to create the Digital Railway Toolkit which will guide the programme’s roll-out. Arcadis and Ramboll will also lead the creation of a Digital […]
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New traffic control centre for Argentina

Argentina is hoping a new traffic control centre will reduce the risk of accidents and derailments on a major part of its freight railway network. State-owned Trenes Argentinos Cargas has built the centre to monitor the position and speed of trains in real time across 9,000km of its track. By installing technology developed by Brazilian […]
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Major upgrades planned for Ontario’s Barrie line

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario has announced a wave of major upgrades for the Barrie line in order to ease congestion. Plans include the electrification of the line, a double track expansion and an upgrade to track and signalling. Noise and retaining walls will also be installed. The number of services will be increased […]
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Dynamic Headway concept to be explored for Copenhagen Metro

Ansaldo STS is to work with the operator of Copenhagen’s metro system to produce a prototype Dynamic Headway system. Working with its parent company, Hitachi, Ansaldo STS has said the advanced train control solution would use sensors at stations to detect congestion and automatically adjust the headway between trains to reflect demand. Copenhagen Metro opened […]
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Sweden to test ERTMS as country prepares wider roll out

Strukton Rail is to install European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on a section of test track in Sweden as the country prepares a wider roll out of the signalling system. The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has tasked the Dutch firm to install the system between Katrineholm and Åby, so that it can be tested in a real […]
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ERTMS Level 3 – A possible way forward

The global debate on the merits and problems associated with ERTMS continues unabated. Good progress has been made in recent times with the signing in Autumn 2016 of the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the co-operation for the deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System. This will ensure the regulatory and design authorities work together […]
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Thameslink signalling update

The complex Thameslink capacity upgrade programme includes the very visible civil engineering works in the London Bridge area and the introduction of Class 700 trains through the central London ‘core’ using European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2. In-cab signalling is required to allow trains to be driven automatically between Kentish Town, Blackfriars, and London […]
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