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Preliminary Design of Centralised Traffic Control System and operational rules

The Danish rail infrastructure manager BDK is carrying out a full replacement of all signalling equipment, control and Business IT systems. Two contracts involving control systems have been let, one to Thales for Centralised Traffic Control (CTC) West and Passenger Information and one to Alstom for CTC East, Advanced Dispatching and Planning functions. Emch+Berger played the leading role in the RAEP consortium supporting BDK in ensuring this portion of both contracts satisfies the expectations of BDK.

The specific challenges include:

  • The convergence of both systems with an entirely new set of Operational Rules
  • The introduction of additional levels of automation including shunting and possessions management using a Hand Held Terminal and automated management of restrictions (e.g. dangerous cargo).
  • The design of hardware for each control room which allows to access all applications required for Traffic Control.
  • The support oft he Customer in preparing the business changes to make best use of the emerging Technology.

Banedanmark (DK, Copenhagen)

Fields of activity
Infrastructure;Rail infrastructure;Mobility and traffic;Rail systems / traffic management systems (TMS)
Delivered services

Tender Specification

Tender Evaluation

Lead in Requirements Clarification

Lead in Joint Design (to converge and interface the two products)

Review of System and Subsystem Requirements (requirement specifications were delivered by the suppliers covering approx. 2000 requirements each)

Support oft he Customer in Cases of Differences with the Suppliers

Elaboration of Business Change Documentation for the Customer


Network length: 2500 km

Number of marker boards: 9000

Maximum speed: Up to 300 km/h (current practice is 200 km/h)

Introduction of ETCS level 2: 2016 - 2021

Number of Control Rooms: 2

Number of Desks: approx. 75 (including Disaster Revovery Rooms)

Number of Hand Held Terminals: approx. 200

Number of external Interfaces: approx. 50