SIGNAL+DRAHT | Issue 12/2020

ETCS: Train control from the past, the present or the future?

December 2020 | Joost Jansen, Bogdan Godziejewski

The balance between technology, procedures and staffing is a common characteristic of various legacy ATP systems used in Europe. The introduction of the European Train Control System (ETCS) offered a new approach to safety, automation and interoperability and has initiated a process of harmonisation and standardisation. The ETCS not only implies a change of technology, but also requires the flexible adaptation of operating procedures and operations staff. This is a lengthy process that is not yet finished....

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