European Train Control System (ETCS)

The introduction of ETCS will add capacity and efficiency to our inner-city rail network.

ETCS is a well-proven signalling system, already operating in cities around the world. It will increase capacity and enhance safety on our rail network. It is especially important for the safe operation of trains in the Cross River Rail tunnels.

European Train Control System (ETCS)

Signalling for more seamless and safer train travel

ETCS will be rolled out in several stages starting with the Shorncliffe Line where work has already commenced and is expected to be operational in 2022. The project will involve ETCS equipment and technology being fitted to trains, on and alongside rail tracks, and within Queensland Rail’s Rail Management Centre followed by operational testing.

The ETCS is an advanced signalling system that relays continuous information between the train and central Rail Management Centre via a radio system, trackside technology and onboard equipment.

This information reports the position, direction and speed of each train and enables the system to calculate safe, maximum running speeds.


Knowing the exact position of each train along the network means they can be scheduled to travel closer to each other while maintaining the highest standards of safety.

It also makes it possible to automatically update train schedules, which means more accurate real time information for passengers.

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