European Train Control System (ETCS)

ETCS is a new world-class train signalling system that will enable increased capacity, enhance safety and allow the wider SEQ rail network to run more efficiently. It is also a key component for the safe operation of trains in Cross River Rail’s tunnels, making our rail network work smarter.

European Train Control System (ETCS)

World-class train signalling system

As part of the project, Cross River Rail will also implement the European Train Control System (ETCS) upgrade on the Shorncliffe line.

ETCS will be rolled out over several stages starting with a pilot program which is being planned for the Shorncliffe Line in 2022 with early works commencing in late 2019.

Before the pilot program can start, trains and the tracks will be fitted with the new ETCS equipment which sends continuous data to report the position, direction and speed of trains and enables the system to calculate a safe maximum running speed for each train.

How ETCS works

How ETCS works

  • European Train Control System: ETCS is a signalling system.
  • The coloured light signalling system is being replaced for the inner city and the Cross River Rail tunnels. This allows trains to travel at a safe distance.
  • ETCS Level 2 is a new automated in-cab system which provides continuous information to the driver.
  • This means the driver can navigate the route ahead more safely and the network can be managed more efficiently.
  • Beacons are fitted at regular intervals between the tracks and information is communicated to the train driver showing the train’s location.
  • Continuous information is relayed between the Rail Management Centre and the driver using a cellular antenna.
  • This includes the train’s exact location, information about the route ahead and any speed restrictions.
  • Knowing the exact position of each train along the network means the trains can be scheduled to travel closer to each other to a higher standard of safety.
  • It also makes it possible to automatically update train schedules, which means more accurate ‘real time’ information for passengers.