CD will Equip Passenger Fleet with ETCS L2

Czech Railways (CD) has unveiled a programme to equip up to 663 vehicles with on-board equipment for the implementation of European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2.

CD will Equip Passenger Fleet with ETCS L2
May 17, 2016 10:56 am

According to CD, the communication between trackside equipment and a controller in the train cab will further improve safety on its railway lines.

With the new control system, trains could be stopped in a timely manner ahead of a stop signal, even if the train driver is incapacitated.

CD will be installing the new signalling equipment on 33 different classes of train, including the 151, 371, 380, 660/661 InterPanter, 680 Pendolino, CityElefant, and RegioPanter electric multiple units (EMUs).

The control system will also help reduce a train’s speed before taking a diverging track, or before a speed reduction on the line.

CD chairman Pavel Krtek said: [quote font_size=”20″]

“The safety of CD trains is a priority for us. We have already equipped 1,191 vehicles with the GSM-R European communication system and 1,535 vehicles with the TRS national radio communication system.

“This enables traffic controllers and dispatchers to stop a train during an extraordinary event, even remotely by means of a general stop, and thus contributes significantly to the high degree of safety on the Czech railway network.”


The equipment will be supplied and installed under a single contract with an estimated value of around CZK6.6bn ($276m).

The funding will be sought from the European Union’s (EU) Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which could cover up to 85% of the cost of the project.

Krtek further noted: “The most modern interoperable ETCS control system further enhances the safety of our trains. For example, the system is able to stop a train in time even before a stop signal, before a ‘red light’, beyond which there may be another train.

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“At a speed of 160km/h, the brakes must be deployed hundreds of metres in advance. The system also eliminates human error in the case of reduced speed when taking a diverging track, for example when arriving at stations or on the line before a significant speed reduction when entering a tight curve.”


[/quote]CD has already equipped class 151 and 362 locomotives, and a class 471 EMUs with ETCS Level 2 for pilot deployment between Porícany and Kolín. is a railway information and news platform. Website presents from all around the world railway sector news, developments, projects and tender for the sector specialists. Railwaynews supports to industry events and announced them for potential participants. Railwaynews plans to collecting data from all around the world, about railway infrastructure, rolling stock, railway transportation datum, geographical datum to present for railway professionals for short term. Railwaynews will build new platforms aims to high value railway business environment for all railway specialists, railway fans and especially railway suppliers and their decision makers. Railwaynews presents whole information from rail professionals to rail professionals.

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