Industry comes together for delivery of East Coast Mainline
Angel Trains Ltd has delivered the first Class 180 train fitted with the new European Train Control System (ETCS) to Grand Central’s East Coast Mainline service in readiness for the introduction of the digital signalling system. Fitted by Alstom at Arriva Train Care in Eastleigh, the new Atlas 200 system is the rail industry’s ‘best in class’ signalling technology. Using automation it is designed to increase passenger safety and reduce signalling risks at high speed.
Grand Central intends initially to roll out the technology on ten Class 180 trains. The system will then undergo a phased development and testing programme that will see it fully authorised for operation in 2019.
The Class 180 train was fitted with ETCS under the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) rollout programme, funded by Network Rail and managed by the National Joint ROSCO Project. This forms part of the UK’s Digital Railway vision that will help to deliver additional route capacity in the UK.
Mark Hicks, technical director at Angel Trains, said:
“Working with our partners across the industry, we are delighted to deliver the first of our ETCS-enabled Class 180 trains to the East Coast Mainline. The UK has one of the safest railways in Europe and Angel Trains is pleased to support this initiative which we believe will build on this safety record and enhance efficiency of our trains. Where possible, the system will continue to be installed on the wider Class 180 fleet for the Grand Central East Coast Mainline by 2019.”