DEUTSCHE BAHN, THE RAILWAY INDUSTRY AND THE FEDERAL RAILWAY AUTHORITY AGREE ON CLOSE COOPERATION FOR THE RAPID ROLL-OUT OF THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES
• TEN REGIONS WILL BE CONVERTED TO DIGITAL INTERLOCKING TECHNOLOGY BY THE END OF 2021
• THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS MAKING 500 MILLION EUROS AVAILABLE FOR THIS
RAIL TRAVELERS IN GERMANY CAN BENEFIT FROM THE ADVANTAGES OF DIGITAL RAIL TECHNOLOGIES EVEN FASTER. BY THE END OF 2021, CONVENTIONAL INTERLOCKING TECHNOLOGY FOR RAIL OPERATIONS IN GERMANY IS TO BE CONVERTED TO DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES IN TEN REGIONS, WHICH WILL ENSURE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER CAPACITIES AND BETTER QUALITY IN RAIL OPERATIONS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS FINANCING THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW INTERLOCKINGS WITH 500 MILLION EUROS, THUS ENABLING A SPEED BOOST IN THE DIGITIZATION OF THE RAILWAYS
With a “Memorandum of Understanding” in Berlin today, the partners, the Association of the Railway Industry in Germany (VDB), the Federal Railway Authority (EBA) and Deutsche Bahn, agreed to jointly push ahead with this conversion.
In addition to the ongoing equipping of the network with the Europe-wide standardized train control system ETCS, the digital interlocking technology is the most important component in the future program “Digital Rail Germany”
Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Federal Government Commissioner for Rail Transport: “The BMVI is actively promoting digitization in rail transport. The federal government has been investing in the introduction of the standardized European control and safety technology ETCS since 2015. Quite In line with our master plan for rail transport, we now want to provide a strong impetus for the rail industry with 500 million euros from the economic stimulus package and make our network infrastructure more efficient. Standardized, open and upwardly compatible interfaces enable faster approval of the systems and broad participation by rail technology companies in the implementation In this way, we can accelerate the digitization of our rail network significantly. Since the new systems are compatible with both the existing and future interlocking technology from different providers, it will be climate-friendly …
DB Infrastructure Board Member Ronald Pofalla: “We are pulling together in the German rail sector. The initiative takes us a huge step further in the jointly agreed modernization of the railways – and thus in the direction of more traffic on the climate-friendly rail. We are setting new pace at the current pace Standards for technical developments in the railway sector. Here political will, quick administration and courageous entrepreneurship go together. “
Andre Rodenbeck, President of the Association of the Railway Industry: “The Digital Rail Germany program is a unique example of the digitization of a highly complex railway operation and will generate international radiance. German industry is now ready to jointly implement this unique reference. The agreed acceleration of the project with the The construction of state-of-the-art digital interlocking technology is an indispensable basis for this lighthouse project. Every further innovative step up to further automation requires these systems for a mobility revolution. We take the cooperation between industry, authorities and railways to a new level and create an important reference for the German innovation. The technology is there – we are ready to deliver. Everyone understands that it is time to invest now. “
Gerald Hörster, President of the Federal Railway Office: “The railways must now begin with the digitization of interlocking technology. This will in particular significantly improve the availability of the rail. The Federal Railway Office will support the railway and the railway industry within the scope of its possibilities. So we provide This important topic demonstrates the ability of the public administration to act and makes a significant contribution to making the railways sustainable. “
In the “Memorandum of Understanding” it is agreed that the complete digitization of interlocking technology nationwide will be achieved by 2035. The original planning was based on the year 2040. To this end, the rail industry, federal authorities and DB will accelerate processes for planning, approval and financing as well as the retrofitting of technology in the existing rail network on the basis of applicable law
The digital technology is used, among other things, on regional routes in the Northern Palatinate, the Bavarian Forest and in the Allgäu.
The digital interlocking (DSTW) stands for the latest generation of interlockings. It is the technological successor to the electronic interlocking. Instead of extensive cable harnesses and electrical switching technology, the control commands are sent to points, signals or level crossings via the DSTW digital using ring lines made from high-performance fiber optic cables.