ERTMS entails a complete change of technology for Swedish railways. When the railways move from older systems with varying technology to a standardised system (ERTMS), the Mölndal-based Cactus has a major role to play together with the principal contractor Ansaldo STS Sweden AB.
The new contract covers the provision of a CTC (centralised traffic control) system for conventional signalling to the pilot line, Fagersta station. One requirement from the Swedish Transport Administration is that it should be possible to upgrade the CTC system to ERTMS L2 at a later date.
The first CTC system from Cactus was installed at the traffic control centre in Boden and has been controlling traffic on the Haparanda line since December 2013.
The contract provides Cactus with valuable opportunities now that the Swedish rail network is being gradually upgraded – both for conventional lines and for ERTMS corridors.
The aim of ERMTS is increased capacity, safe rail traffic and compatibility between countries. ERTMS will also facilitate the future introduction of high-speed lines.
Construction of the new signalling system will take around 20 years. The Swedish Transport Administration expects to be finished in 2035.
Jan Andreasson, Business Area Manager, +46 (0)707-23 92 53