This is the first major contract
award of rolling stock ETCS upgrade in the Netherlands and is part of a
comprehensive Dutch program to retrofit its existing rolling stock fleet with
the latest train control technology. NS and Siemens Mobility
this initial project award as a long-term and collaborative partnership, which
will ensure a smooth transition from the existing train control system to ETCS.
The new system will also simplify future upgrades
to the next ETCS versions according to TSI standards (Technical Specifications
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,
Spain, and Belgium.