Europe is seeing a rapid expansion of tram networks in many cities. In France, all cities except two phased out their trams in the 1950s and 60s. Now there are twelve modern tram networks which are expanding all the time, and six under construction or planned, in France alone.
Germany and the Netherlands are also expanding their networks at a fast rate. Paris, Madrid and Barcelona are three major cities that have invested in underground railways and are now extending their tram systems. Several Swedish cities, including Helsingborg, Lund and Uppsala, have plans for new tram systems.
In Stockholm, Cactus Rail has supplied traffic control systems for four different local lines: Tvärbanan, Roslagsbanan, Lidingöbanan and Saltsjöbanan. Tvärbanan, which runs in a semi-circle to the west and north of central Stockholm, is a cross between a tramway and a railway.
Effective control and planning of tram traffic calls for coordination with other means of transport, where the right priorities produce an optimum traffic flow. Trams are generally driven by sight, with certain critical sections fitted with signalling equipment. Monitoring therefore requires integration with different types of system.
Cactus Rail has great experience of controlling rail traffic in an urban environment. Our systems integrate non safety-critical systems (GPS, AVLS, AVI, RFID etc.) and safety-critical technologies (axle counters and track sections) to monitor and control the traffic. In the central system, priorities are controlled by signals along the line for an optimum traffic flow.
Cactus TMS is a traffic control system that meets the requirements for effective control and provides the user with active decision support. Tools for monitoring key indicators and maintenance are an integral part of the delivery.
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