The project to ensure ETCS
Level-II compliance is expected to cost around Rs12 billion.
The committee is calling for written submissions on areas including: the efficiency of Network Rail's planned roll-out of ERTMS and ETCS
across the network; how realistic the proposed timings of Network Rail's 'Digital Railway' programme are and how these will be achieved; what legislative and other action the government could take to support the rate of change in signalling and traffic management technology; and whether timetable planning is suitably optimised to meet demand for both passenger and freight rail, and how traffic management technology can be used to improve this.
As such, IP/MPLS networks adhere to the strictest requirements for reliability, resiliency, performance and security, making them ideal for delivering applications such as PTC and ETCS
where failure simply isn't an option.
This contract follows the successful proof of concept of Hitachi ETCS
on a Class 97 Locomotive ('Verification-Train 3' trial) which tested interoperability with a separate supplier's groundside system in use on the Network Rail Cambrian Line infrastructure.
Starting with an overlay on the Great Western main line in the period of its next five-year plan from 2014 to 2019 and the southern end of the East Coast main line in the five years after that, ETCS
will fundamentally change the way trains are controlled and run in mainland Britain.
UIC and the European Commission started in 1992 the ETCS
project--European Train Control System.
She added that the Government must "lay down the law" and ensure that ETCS
was introduced as soon as possible.
In addition, all new trains should, if possible, be fitted with ETCS
when they are built.
The offering provides a complete range of ETCS
-compliant wayside and onboard solutions, ETCS
being one of the two main components of the ERTMS standard.
As part of the ETCS
installation on this train, duplicate screens will be set up in the second cab position and passengers in the train will also be able to see the images, plus high-definition views front and back on 42-inch plasma screens.
Mr Burnett said: 'If ETCS
is rolled out, very large sums of money will be committed to protecting against a risk that already ranks low in the list of killers on the rail network.
signals the future of railway signalling and speed control in Europe.