Certification: Banedanmark Signalling Programme - AsBo, ISA and NoBo
The Danish re-signalling project is the largest of its kind that Europe has ever seen. The €3.2 billion programme will replace all signalling on Banedanmark’s national lines — over 3,000km of track — with ERTMS Level 2 signalling technology by 2029.
Upon completion, Denmark will become the first Member State to adopt ERTMS on a national scale. Almost half of the country’s existing signalling technology is over 50 years old, with some assets dating back to the First World War. The aging systems are estimated to cause around half of all delays.
The introduction of ERTMS across the national network involves the removal of all lineside equipment, with train movements managed by central control centres communicating directly with the train and its driver via in-cab equipment. This will allow for higher speeds, shorter headways, improved safety and significantly reduced signalling-related delays. It will also ensure full interoperability in accordance with European standards.
A parallel project has seen the signalling system on the S-Bane commuter network around Copenhagen replaced with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC), a technology optimised for the stop-start nature of urban metro systems. As of 2019, this project is in its roll out phase, after successful implementation on initial sections of the network.
Assurance expertise through to completion
We are providing assurance services on both the national network and the commuter S-bane resignalling project, through to their completion. The services we provide are Assessment Body, ISA and Notified Body services, which are being delivered primarily through our office in Copenhagen, but the work also includes assessors with relevant competence and experience from the UK, Netherlands and Spain.
Our work means that we are overseeing the overall safety assessment of the entire programme on Fjernbane (the mainline) and S-bane; and also for Fjernbane the compliance assessment to the Command Control and Signalling (CCS) Technical Specification for Interoperability Technical Specifications (TSI).
Our work spans various sub-projects which address different aspects of the programme, including onboard fitment, trackside fitment, programme level and railway activities, and establishment of the operating rules to control the ETCS fitted railway (or in the case of S-Bane the rules adapted for the new CBTC system).
Commencement of work on this programme in 2010 led to the establishment of the office in Copenhagen, and the local team has continued to grow as we have established ourselves as a provider of Independent Assurance Services in Denmark and the surrounding region where, for instance, we are ISA on the Aarhus and Odense Tram networks also.