Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) has appointed Turas, a joint venture between CPC Project Services (CPC), Deutsche Bahn and Egis, to deliver a new train protection system across its network.
Currently, over 50% of the Irish network has no automatic train protection, and the existing train protection systems in operation – Continuous Automatic Warning System (CAWS) and Automatic Train Protection (ATP) – are nearing the end of their life expectancy. The seven-year programme will deliver safety and reliability improvements for the 45 million passengers travelling on the network each year.
Turas JV will act as Irish Rail’s Delivery Partner, providing a range of consultancy and technical services including project and programme management, commercial and cost management, systems integration and safety case management.
The new Train Protection System (TPS) will be deployed across the network over the next seven years and will be a hybrid system based on the existing CAWS and ATP systems and the ETCS (European Train Control System) Level 1. It will provide automatic train stop, train-regulated line speed and speed restrictions.
Tim Cooper, Programme Manager, CPC Project Services said, ‘We are delighted to bring to Irish Rail our extensive experience of delivering modern signalling systems, as they embark on this major infrastructure upgrade. This appointment marks an important milestone for CPC as we seek to become a key supplier to the European rail sector.’