Banedanmark tests ERTMS between South Zealand and Falster

ETCS in Denmark, source: Banedanmark

In Denmark, all train traffic for four consecutive weekends will be shut down for the tests of the signalling system ERTMS between Næstved in Zealand and Nykøbing Falster. After the tests in September and October, it can be used for the upcoming winter.

Rail infrastructure manager Banedanmark is in full swing of rolling out the European signaling system ERTMS on the section between Mogenstrup south of Næstved and Nykøbing Falster. All old signals along the rails will be replaced by the new system. In the long run, this will provide more trains on time, increased safety on the long-distance line and the possibility of more frequent train operations. But before the new system can be put into operation by December, it must be tested for four weekends in September and October.

The roll-out of ERTMS on the line is part of Banedanmark’s efforts to replace all the old signals on the long-distance line with a digital signaling system. This is because the old signals are worn and therefore give rise to errors and delays. They will install ERTMS level 2, which means all data communication between the signaling system and the trains takes place via digital GSM-R radio. The communication takes place between a radio block center and the trains’ ETCS computer. GSM-R radio is also used as a train radio, for example for voice communication between driver and remote control employee.

Working at night

Tests of the new signaling system mean that trains cannot run between Næstved and Nykøbing Falster on weekends in weeks 36 to 39. During the four weekends, all train traffic will be canceled from 9.30 pm on Friday evening until 4.30 am on Monday morning.

“We have planned our tests of the new signaling system between Mogenstrup and Nykøbing Falster, so that it takes place on weekends and at night. In this way, we want to ensure that it affects traffic and passengers as little as possible”, says Thilde Restofte Pedersen, director of the Signal Programme in Banedanmark.

Danish Railways DSB will deploy buses on the route while the new signaling system is being tested. Further tests of the new signaling system on the line will be carried out in November and December, after which it will be ready for operation.

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Author: Esther Geerts


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