NID_C:600, New Zealand's ETCS experience

By 2013 the Auckland Metropolitan Rail Network (AMRN) will be electrified with a 25kV AC electric traction system. One major hurdle to achieving this goal has been the signalling system in Auckland which was predominately in excess of 30 years old and not immunised against the effects of electric traction. To remedy this, and the other operational deficiencies of the signalling, a major project to completely re-signal the AMRN was initiated. An important requirement of Auckland’s new signalling system is that it provides some form of Automatic Train Protection (ATP) to mitigate the growing risk of a signal being passed at stop resulting in a dangerous situation. This requirement was born from an extensive risk analysis study that was undertaken by KiwiRail Network (formerly ONTRACK) and included involvement of all Operators on the AMRN. The ATP system selected for the AMRN is the European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 1. With this decision, and the allocation of Country ID 600 (NID_C:600) by the European Railway Agency (ERA), New Zealand took its first tentative steps towards implementing what is becoming the ATP system of choice around the globe. This paper gives an overview of how we determined the need for ATP, how we decided that ETCS Level 1 was the right technology for the AMRN, and how we have chosen to implement it. The paper will briefly describe New Zealand’s ETCS application principles and provide some insight into how we developed them. The paper will also discuss some of the problems encountered and lessons learned thus far. Finally, the paper will provide an update on how the AMRN resignalling project and ETCS implementation is progressing.

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  • Pagination: 7p.
  • Monograph Title: Rejuvenation and renaissance: CORE 2010: conference on railway engineering, 12-15 September 2010, Wellington, New Zealand

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  • Accession Number: 01517099
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:08PM