Alstom installs latest ETCS technology to Network Rail’s Class 313 trains

Alstom has completed the upgrade of its ETCS technology, Atlas 200, on Network Rail’s Class 313 test train, so that it is now compatible with ERTMS Baseline 3.
This follows successful compatibility testing at Network Rail’s ERTMS National Integration Facility in Hertford and benefits from train-track integration of a baseline 3 track installed for the first time worldwide by Alstom in Denmark last summer.
Alstom and Network Rail will now use the upgraded Class 313 train for testing and commissioning work to deliver ERTMS Baseline 3 to the Paddington-Heathrow stretch of the Great Western Main Line by 2017.
The work is a key milestone in the development of digital signalling, which will support the UK’s Digital Railway plans to reduce journey times for passengers, improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and create more capacity on the UK rail network.

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