"Replacing the existing signaling system - parts of which are more than 60 years old - will significantly increase capacity and reliability. The S-Bane will become a more attractive option for commuters and private transport will be reduced. At the same time, the state-of-the-art systems will cut energy consumption", says Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division.
Copenhagen's S-Bane is the backbone of the capital's public mass transit network. It carries around 350,000 passengers a day - and that number is growing all the time. This reflects the growth in the metropolitan area around the Danish capital where more than one fifth of the entire population of Denmark now lives. Siemens will equip Copenhagen's entire commuter rail network with the Trainguard MT train control system using wireless CBTC technology (communications-based train control) to achieve automatic operation. This has made it possible to reduce train headways from 120 seconds to 90 seconds within the inner-city area.
Initially, the Copenhagen system will operate in semi-automated mode. This means that the S-Bane trains will be controlled automatically to a large extent but there will still be driver involvement. Siemens will also supply electronic interlockings (Trackguard Sicas ECC), on-board units for a total of 135 S-Bane trains as well as the operations control system (Controlguide OCS) that monitors traffic and controls interlockings and infrastructure.