reu­sch­law retai­ned for pilot pro­ject at #Digi­ta­le­Schie­ne Deutschland

#Digi­ta­le­Schie­ne: reu­sch­law retai­ned on the vehi­cle side for the pilot pro­ject “Digi­tal Node Stuttgart”

The “Stutt­gart Digi­tal Node” traf­fic and pilot pro­ject is the first time in Ger­ma­ny that a major rail and rail­road node has been ful­ly digi­tal­ly equip­ped and upgraded across all train types. The Digi­tal Node Stutt­gart is thus not only set­ting new stan­dards in rail traf­fic, but also repres­ents the bench­mark for the ent­i­re upco­m­ing digi­ti­sa­ti­on of rail­roads in Germany.

Over the next few years, around 125 kilo­me­ters of track in the Stutt­gart metro­po­li­tan regi­on will be equip­ped with new con­trol and safe­ty tech­no­lo­gy and around 500 rail vehi­cles will be fit­ted with new digi­tal tech­no­lo­gy. For the first time, digi­tal inter­lo­ckings, the Euro­pean Train Con­trol Sys­tem (ETCS) and other tech­no­lo­gies based on it for auto­ma­tic train ope­ra­ti­on (ATO) are being used here across the board and across all sys­tems. The aim is to make Ger­man rail trans­port more reli­able, more punc­tu­al, more effi­ci­ent, more sus­tainab­le and fit for the future.

Ronald Pofal­la, the manage­ment board mem­ber respon­si­ble for infra­st­ruc­tu­re at Deut­sche Bahn AG, com­men­ted:

“The release of the star­ter packa­ge is clear­ly more than a bud­ge­t­a­ry decisi­on. It repres­ents a rail­road revo­lu­ti­on. For the first time, the Federal Government is fun­ding the digi­ti­sa­ti­on of trains – in addi­ti­on to infra­st­ruc­tu­re. This will enab­le Ger­ma­ny to beco­me an inter­na­tio­nal indus­try cham­pion, with rail­roads in other coun­tries taking their cue from it.”

A total of more than EUR 600 mil­li­on is being inves­ted to bring this show­ca­se pro­ject onto the rails. In addi­ti­on to the necessa­ry con­trac­tu­al nego­tia­ti­ons, reu­sch­law and its experts are pro­vi­ding sup­port for the now pen­ding retro­fit­ting and upgrading of rail vehi­cles with the tech­no­lo­gies requi­red for this purpose.

In the past, reu­sch­law has alrea­dy super­vi­sed several rail­road pro­jects, which in par­ti­cu­lar invol­ved the moder­ni­sa­ti­on, equip­ping and appro­val of rail vehi­cles with ETCS as well as high­ly effi­ci­ent, state-of-the-art rail traf­fic with ATO sys­tems (up to GoA Level 4, Gra­de of Auto­ma­ti­on). In this light, we are very plea­sed to have been com­mis­sio­ned for the pilot pro­ject in the Ger­man digi­ta­li­sa­ti­on offen­si­ve for rail and to be able to actively sup­port it.

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