SIGNAL+DRAHT | Issue 06/2022

An analysis of the Danish ETCS regulations – a chance for a generic rulebook for ETCS operations

June 2022 | Jan O. Lübs, Daria Menzel, Martin Sommer

DB Netz is planning to equip its route network with modern safety technology in the form of digital interlockings (DSTW) and ETCS Level 2 without signals (L2oS) as part of “Digitale Schiene Deutschland” (Digital Rail Germany, DSD). Large, interconnected infrastructure areas will be completely migrated for the first time. Thus, there is also a need to develop a modern complexity-reduced operations rulebook (OR) that is limited to DSTW and L2oS [1]. This article ventures to look “outside the box” at the Danish railroad system, which has embarked upon this path, and discusses the extent to which the operational rules for Fjernbane (ORF) are suitable for an international ETCS OR...