By investing in the ETCS Level 2 upgrade, the Belgian Railways will meet the latest European standards baseline V3.6.0 for rail safety. The new system will also simplify future upgrades to the next ETCS versions according to TSI standards (Technical Specifications for Interoperability), which provides the basis for additional functionalities like Automatic Train Operation (ATO).
With its decision to opt for ETCS, Europe has paved the way for futureproof, cross-border rail traffic. Promoted by political leaders and driven by railway operators and leading providers such as Siemens, a network of ETCS-equipped lines is being created within Europe and beyond. In parallel to new construction projects, many railway companies are refitting their railway vehicles and fleets with ETCS onboard solutions. As one of the ETCS pioneers, Siemens Mobility has already implemented retrofit projects in several countries, including Switzerland, Great Britain, and Spain.
Siemens Mobility has been a leading rail technology provider in Belgium for many years. This includes several rail infrastructure projects in signalling, electrification, and solutions to digitalize rail. Siemens Mobility has also previously partnered with the Belgian Railways to deliver new trains and locomotives, provide route guidance and signalling for workshops as well as solutions to facilitate the passenger journey.