Alstom certified for both on-board and trackside ETCS Baseline 3 Release 2

Independent railway certification body Belgorail has issued the certification to Alstom for their on-board and trackside system with ETCS Baseline 3 Release 2. According to Alstom it is now the ‘first company in the world to be fully certified according to the latest standard for ETCS’.

The latest software development from Alstom guarantees interoperability with train safety system ETCS Baseline 3 Release 2 for the entire railway system. Alstom’s first trains with the on-board ETCS system will run in Norway from the beginning of 2021. With the new certification, operators can implement both the Alstom ETCS on-board system and the trackside equipment with Baseline 3 Release 2.

First application

The new standards are first to be applied on the Monza-Chiasso line in Italy, a major hub in European freight transport. The new system will be put into commercial operation in the summer of 2021. The high-speed line Paris-Lyon will use the latest version of the ETCS system by 2024.

“We are proud to have set yet another new standard in the rail industry. We are on track to gradually replace all existing incompatible systems in Europe to optimize and boost international freight and passenger transport,” said Jean Francois-Beaudoin, Senior Vice President of Alstom Digital Mobility.

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