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.

How does it work?

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.

a diagram showing how trains communicate with the wider network through the ETCS system

What’s involved?

ETCS will be rolled out in several stages starting with the Shorncliffe Line where construction work is nearing completion and system testing is underway.

This will involve ETCS equipment being fitted to trains and tracks, and in Queensland Rail’s Rail Management Centre. New cabling, technology cabinets, marker boards and radio masts and antennas will also be installed to complement existing infrastructure.

The majority of work will be completed, and infrastructure installed within the rail corridor and on Queensland Rail property to minimise impact on the visual landscape, the community and the natural environment.

Every effort will be taken to ensure all work is carried out safely, and managed to minimise disruption to commuters and surrounding residents and businesses. All activities will be undertaken in accordance with relevant regulations.

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