Strukton Systems has won the contract to install the Dutch ATB Vv train protection system on the Brabant Route from Rotterdam to Venlo and the A2 corridor from Alkmaar to Maastricht. Approximately 400 signals will be equipped with this improved version of ATB.
ATB is a Dutch train protection system that automatically stops trains approaching a red signal at speeds higher than 40 km/hour. The ATB Vv system is an improved version of the traditional ATB system, and also stops trains approaching a red signal at speeds lower than 40 km/hour.
The Brabant Route is a priority route for the installation of ATB Vv, because freight trains will frequently be redirected over this route during the construction of a ‘third track’ between the German cities of Emmerich and Oberhausen. Rail traffic on the A2 corridor from Alkmaar to Maastricht will increase, since the Dutch railway manager ProRail and the Dutch Railways are planning to start a programme enabling high-frequency rail transport with one train every 10 minutes between Eindhoven and Amsterdam in 2018.