ETCS Level 2 Testing Underway for Queensland’s Cross River Rail Project

The Cross River Rail project has reached new milestones in testing ETCS Level 2 signalling on the Shorncliffe Line in South East Queensland.

ETCS Level 2 will help trains in South East Queensland run more efficiently and with greater reliability as part of the Cross River Rail project.

This project is being delivered by the Sequence Signalling & Systems Alliance, which consists of Hitachi Rail, Queensland Rail and Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.

An SMU trained fitted with ETCS technology passing through Shorncliffe station during testing
An SMU train fitted with ETCS technology passing through Shorncliffe station during testing

A pilot of the ETCS Level 2 system has been built on the Shorncliffe Line, and over the last few months, testing has taken place over a number of stages.

Trains fitted with new technology have been travelling the full length of the Shorncliffe line between Bindha and Shorncliffe stations, transitioning between Queensland Rail’s current signalling system and the new ETCS digital signalling system.

In addition, a train from Queensland’s New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) fleet completed its first low-speed ETCS dynamic test on the line. This was a significant milestone in preparing the NGR rolling stock for travel through the Cross River Rail twin tunnels, where ETCS will also be installed.

Throughout the testing, ETCS-fitted trains have been successfully transitioning between ETCS Level 0 and ETCS Level 2, connecting with all on-track balises and switching between the trackside radio base stations located along the line.

Testing has also confirmed that the level crossings and other field equipment are effectively controlled by the interlocking system.

Rigorous testing will now continue, incorporating gradual software updates and testing of specific ETCS functionality, which will pave the way for full system testing and validation later this year.

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