Norway Contracts Siemens for Rail Technology Upgrade
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | Comments

Bane NOR, the state-owned agency responsible for the Norwegian national railway infrastructure, contracted Siemens to upgrade the signaling equipment of the entire Norwegian rail network to the European train control system (ETCS).

Commissioning of the rollout lines is scheduled to be completed by 2034. The contract also includes services for 25 years and is worth around 800 million euros (US$990 million).

"This marks the start of modernization of the railway network in Norway," said Sverre Kjenne, executive vice president, Bane NOR. “Bane NOR is creating the railway of the future with one of Norway's largest digitization projects. We are confident that Siemens, by winning the contract to provide a new digital signal system, will contribute significantly to our network's modernization.”

The system will be controlled via a central interlocking in Oslo, which will give the trains the authority to proceed via the Siemens ETCS Level 2 solution. The contract is not only the largest single delivery ever for Siemens in Norway but also for the Siemens rail infrastructure business.

With the new ETCS technology, the Norwegian rail system's signaling system will be digitalized. ETCS is a key component in the integration of rail transport in Europe and is intended to replace more than 20 national railway control and safety systems being used on the European continent. The European goal behind ETCS is to enable an interoperable and thus competitive rail transport system. ETCS lays the foundation for highly automated transportation and secures operator investments for the future.

In 2015, Norway committed implementing the European rail traffic management system (ERTMS) on its national railway network, which has about 4,200 track kilometers and 375 stations. The driving force behind introducing ERTMS was the need to renew and upgrade the existing signaling systems.

Bane NOR will invest more than 2 billion euros (US$2.475 billion) in the digitalization and automation of its railway network during a 10-year period.

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