Norway’s rail network goes digital

Bane Nor, the state-owned agency responsible for Norway’s national railway infrastructure, has contracted Siemens to install the European Train Control System (ETCS) on the country’s entire rail network. Commissioning of the rollout lines is scheduled to be completed by 2034.

The new ETCS technology will digitalise the Norwegian rail system’s signalling system. ETCS is a key component in the integration of rail transport in Europe and is intended to replace more than 20 national railway control and safety systems currently being used on the European continent.

The goal behind ETCS is to enable an interoperable and thus competitive rail transport system throughout Europe. (ben)