Germany’s Baden-Wuerttemberg State Institute for Rail Vehicles (SFBW) and Alstom signed a contract to retrofit 118 regional trains with the European Train Control System (ETCS) Automatic Train Operation (ATO) digital signalling technology as part of Stuttgart Digital Node project.
EUR 130 million is the value of the contract and includes an innovation cooperation agreement software maintenance contract and a contract for further maintenance.
The retrofitting project covers 118 regional trains that SFBW operates on the high-traffic Stuttgart network.
The trains come from several different suppliers and will be upgraded with the ETCS Level 2 and 3 as well as Automatic Train Operation level 2 (GoA2) technology.
The initial upgrade project will be completed by 2024 and the subsequent upgrade, according to the European Technical Specifications for Interoperability 2022, will be completed by 2027.
As part of the agreed innovation cooperation, Alstom and SFBW will also define the requirements for Train Integrity Monitoring (TIM), Future Railway Mobile Communication System upgrade capability, Train Capability and for Open CCS On-board Reference Architecture (OCORA). The implementation of the developed requirements by Alstom is part of the contract, as is the software maintenance of the regional trains.
The project is being carried out by the Alstom signalling site in Berlin, Germany, in close cooperation with the ETCS competence center in Charleroi, Belgium.
The highly automated operation (GoA 2) is now being used for the first time in Germany on the basis of ETCS Level 2 in the Stuttgart Digital Node.
In June, DB Regio awarded Alstom a contract to equip 215 S-Bahn trains with the ETCS Levels 2 and 3, as well as GoA2. The contract is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
When completed in 2024, the new signalling technology will increase capacity and frequency on the Stuttgart network while also making the trains performance more sustainable.