Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bombardier touts regional rail ERTMS application

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Bombardier Transportation said Thursday it has delivered "the world's first application of a European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) regional solution on the Västerdal line in Sweden."

The company says its INTERFLO 550 ERTMS regional system reduces operational costs and accommodates increased traffic capacity and automated train control around the clock.

Meeting the new rail control specification of the International Union of Railways (UIC) for less intensively used routes, the system began operation earlier this spring. The newly equipped line is the pilot project under Bombardier's frame agreement with the Swedish Transport Administration (STA), the country's national rail operator. INTERFLO 550 technology effectively upgraded the line from manual to automatic control, creating a sustainable alternative for lines otherwise burdened with the cost of maintaining manual operation or upgrading to traditional remote-controlled signaling.

The new system combines the ERTMS standard for onboard automatic train protection (ATP) with a radio-based wayside system, thereby minimizing trackside equipment. Bombardier together with the STA will showcase the new technology at the UIC ERTMS World Conference (ertms-conference2012.com) to be held in Stockholm, Sweden from April 24 to 26.

Peter Cedervall, president, Rail Control Solutions, Bombardier Transportation, said, "This is a significant achievement for Bombardier as it is the first line globally to go into operation with ERTMS technology optimised for regional lines, which offers a number of benefits for applications worldwide. Bombardier continues to be a leader in ERTMS technology globally, from its balise technology chosen as the heart of the system, to the highest speed technology running in China and on some of the busiest lines in Europe. This latest innovation is a further important addition to our product and technology portfolio helping to maximize rail traffic flow."