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Siemens, together with Cofely-Fabricom (GDF SUEZ), has been chosen to equip more than 2,200 track kilometres of the Belgian railway network with the ETCS European Train Control System, Level 2. The Belgian railway infrastructure operator, Infrabel, placed the order worth 510 million. The ETCS European Train Control System will replace 20 national automatic train protection (ATP) systems to enhance network safety and capacity. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2025.
“This order underscores our leading position in the field of automatic train protection systems,” commented Jochen Eickholt, Head of the Mobility Division at Siemens. “Siemens has already successfully installed ETCS Level 1 for the Belgian railways.”
The ETCS European Train Control System Level 2 uses the railway-specific GSM-R mobile radio system to ensure a two-way radio connection between the vehicle and the track side. Siemens is already equipping the Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey and Hungary networks with this highly automated system.
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