In 2021, the new signalling system ERTMS will be expanded for the entire Corridor B in Sweden.
During Elmia Future Transport and Elmia Nordic Rail Anders Strandberg, Project Manager at the Swedish Transport Administration, and others reported on the current situation.
”We are now focusing on finishing whole areas, rather than thinking in routes as we did previously,” he explained.
It was in the 1990s that the EU decided on a harmonised railway management system. At the turn of the century the ERTMS standard was established, and the idea is for all railways in the EU/EEA to adapt to the standard.
The first line in Corridor B in Sweden, Mjölby-Alvesta, will be connected in 2017.
“The whole of Corridor B (Stockholm-Malmö) will have ERTMS by 2021 and we will then forge on across Sweden. The system will be in place nationwide by 2035,” says Strandberg.
ERTMS is already in place on a number of pilot routes in Sweden, and various teething problems have been noticed.
”There are certain disturbances on the routes, such as computers rebooting or vehicles stopping. This has led to train delays, which is of course not good. But these are things we are working on,” says Strandberg.
During Elmia Future Transport and Elmia Nordic Rail, he mentioned that the focus has shifted in recent times. The idea has previously been to finish entire train routes, while the focus now is to finish areas.
“Then we’ll be able to take advantage of the introduction sooner,” Strandberg explains.
The seminar was also attended by representatives from Rail Net Denmark, the Norwegian National Rail Administration, Hector Rail, Green Cargo and SJ, and they gave talks on ERTMS from their points of view.