Alstom equips 120 Belgian railway locomotives with its ETCS level 2 technology

(AOF) – Alstom will equip 120 locomotives in the SNCB fleet with the latest ETCS level 2 (baseline 3) technology for 120 SNCB HLE18 locomotives in commercial service in Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany. The ETCS system will be supplemented by national functionalities so that trains can run in Belgium (TBL1+) and France (KVB). Initially designed to harmonize cross-border rail traffic, ETCS Level 2 increases speed, punctuality and safe line traffic.

The most advanced level 2 (baseline 3) version features optimized braking curves for optimal operational performance and increased passenger comfort. This version also improves odometric performance, allowing drivers to choose the appropriate speed in strict compliance with SIL4, the highest safety level according to EN 50129.

The Alstom group’s signaling site based in Charleroi will be responsible for the engineering of various signaling systems and the supply of on-board equipment. It will also provide maintenance services over a period of 10 years, including spare parts and repair services. The launch of the project is scheduled for October 2022 for a period of 3 years.

In Europe, more than 60% of trains equipped with an ETCS system manufactured in Europe have chosen an Alstom system. In Belgium, Alstom equips a large part of the SNCB fleet and actively contributes to the modernization of the Infrabel rail infrastructure.

This latest level 2 train control and supervision system has already been successfully installed by Alstom in Norway and for electric locomotives operated by Ceske Drahy in the Czech Republic. It is now also being deployed for Deutsche Bahn high-speed trains throughout Germany and S-Bahn commuter trains from Alstom and competitors in the Stuttgart area, as well as various projects in Spain, the UK UK, India and Australia.

In Belgium, Alstom employs 2,100 people. The group’s activities are concentrated around two centers in Charleroi (signalling, traction and energy efficiency solutions), an assembly and maintenance plant in Bruges and a renovation center in Fleurus.


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