Danish railway takes next steps to ERTMS

Denmark's rail network operator Banedanmark is moving forward with a nationwide rollout of new signalling to pan-European standards.

US engineering corporation Parsons, joint-ventured with Rambøll (DK), Atkins (UK), and Emch+Berger (Switzerland), has been awarded a 12-year (with available options) multidisciplinary consultancy contract to upgrade and modernise the Danish railway network by 2021.

The total cost of the government-funded capital expenditure programme, known as the Danish Signalling Programme, is estimated at nearly 3.2 billion euro.

The Parsons-led team’s scope of work includes tender preparation, contract negotiation, supplier oversight, implementation of an early deployment scheme, and rollout over the entire Danish mainline rail network of a European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), as well as Communication-Based Train Control System to the Copenhagen commuter network.

Implementation of a Level 2 ERTMS will provide the opportunity to achieve full interoperability on the Danish network and make it possible to integrate automatic traffic management in a few centres for the whole country.

Jim Shappell, Parsons group president, welcomed the contract award: “This will be the largest ERTMS implementation in Europe and will provide the United States with invaluable insight into the world of high-speed rail.”

The Danish Signalling Programme is expected to improve punctuality and the reliability of the rail network as well as achieving lower life-cycle costs through economies of scale, reduced lineside equipment, and increased centralisation of the control systems. When completed, it will have renewed the signalling system over 3,200km of track, and 560 trainsets and locomotives from four major operators.

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