14 January 2009 was a day to remember at Cactus. That was when we received our largest-ever railway order. The end customer is the Swedish National Rail Administration, and we are sub-contractors to Ansaldo STS Sweden.
Cactus has been asked to develop and deliver a CTC (centralised traffic control) system for the extension and upgrading of the Haparanda line in accordance with the ERTMS standard. Level 2 (L2) is the one applicable to the Haparanda line. System development follows the Swedish National Rail Administration’s standard and SS-EN 50 128.
The order carries great potential for the future, as the Swedish railway network is to be progressively modernised in line with ERTMS Level 2. At present, there are firm plans up to 2030.
The procurement was part of the Swedish National Rail Administration’s ERTMS Ester project, which was responsible for finding two suitable suppliers of ERTMS L2 systems for the Swedish market.
The Haparanda line runs between Boden in northern Sweden and the Finnish border, and so connects the Finnish and Russian railway networks with the Swedish and Norwegian networks.
The Swedish government originally commissioned the Swedish National Rail Administration to upgrade the existing line between Boden and Kalix, and also to build a brand new railway line between Kalix and Haparanda, due to a higher flow of goods with increasingly long and heavy train sets for steel, mining and containers.
The new Haparanda line will be electrified and equipped with a modern new signalling system. Work on the upgrade began in 2006. Services on the Haparanda line are scheduled to begin in 2012. The total cost is estimated at around SEK 3.3 billion.