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Siemens to modernize large sections of the Belgian railway network
- Order volume for the consortium worth more than 510 million euros
- Technology enhances safety, punctuality and capacity on the tracks
- Foundation for merging of European railway traffic
In consortium with the Cofely-Fabricom (GDF SUEZ) infrastructure development company, Siemens is to equip more than 2,200 track kilometers of the Belgian railway network with the latest train control technology. This technology will enhance safety, punctuality and capacity on the tracks. The order volume for the consortium is worth around 510 million euros. "With our technology we are laying the foundation for integrated cross-border rail traffic, as well as consolidating our leading position in the field of automatic train protection systems," affirmed Jochen Eickholt, Head of the Mobility Division at Siemens. In the long term, the standardized European Train Control System (ETCS) will replace the more than 20 different national systems currently in Europe with a uniform technology on the tracks.
Thanks to a railway-specific radio system, there is a constant exchange of information between vehicle and trackside. This facilitates continuous speed monitoring and can initiate emergency braking when required. It also means that new movement authorities can immediately be transmitted to the vehicle and all relevant information is displayed to the driver in the driver's cab. Siemens is currently equipping lines in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey with this highly automated system.
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