Major Spanish rail operating centre receives upgrades
The rail operating centre in Sevilla, which monitors more than 226,000 trains on a yearly basis, has received a significant upgrade, Spanish infrastructure manager Adif announced last week. The overhaul is part of a 72-million-euro modernisation campaign of the Centralised Traffic Control (CTC) control systems at operating centres in Spain.
The Centro de Regulación de Circulación (CRC) at the Sevilla Juste station saw its floor space almost double to 283 square metres. There, around 100 professionals manage 1,505 kilometres of track. As such, the centre is responsible for 10 per cent of all Cercanías traffic and for 17 per cent of all medium-distance trains in Spain. With 17 long-distance trains under its supervision on a daily basis, it also helps run 3 per cent of those trains.
Finally, it also regulates the Bay of Cádiz tram between Río Arillo and Cádiz, as well as the the high-speed and conventional lines that run through Extremadura province. The Sevilla Just CRC works in tandem with auxiliary centres in Córdoba, Granada and Málaga.
Centre piece of the new CRC in Sevilla is a 22-metre-long, RGB Laser-lit video wall on which all railway lines are mapped out. These include Zafra-Huelva Mercancías, Mérida-Los Rosales, Bifurcación Cartuja-Huelva, Red Arterial Ferroviaria de Sevilla and Bifurcación de Utrera-Fuente de Piedra. There are 15 work stations in the main room.
In total, some 1,360 people work across the various CRC’s in Spain.