Matthias Ruete, the European Commission’s ERTMS coordinator, visited Finland in early June to learn about Digirail (Finland’s national ERTMS project) and how Finland is promoting the piloting and deployment of new rail technologies. During his two-day visit, Ruete spoke with Digirail representatives about how the project is progressing, cyber security, the results of a positioning […]
The European Union aims to harmonise train traffic across Europe – regulation will also have an impact on Digirail’s equipment purchases
Increasing rail transport will have a significant impact on achieving the emissions reduction targets, and so the European Union is pushing hard to streamline rail transport across Europe. The aim for the future is that trains would operate smoothly across country borders – within a single European railway area: “The idea is that train traffic […]
Procurement for Digirail’s first commercial track (EKA) Advanced ERTMS level-R based Control Command and Signalling system is approaching
Procurement for Digirail’s first commercial track (EKA) Advanced ERTMS level-R based Control Command and Signalling system is approaching. A newsletter about the procurement scope and preliminary schedule has been published. Please learn more from the Digirail material bank.
Digirail pilot project reaches testing phase – New positioning system will enable determining the exact location of trains
The Digirail project is testing a new positioning system based on satellite positioning technology. With the aid of test equipment installed in the engine, it will be possible to determine the location of trains much more precisely than before. In particular, this functionality is being tested in environments that are more challenging in terms of […]
A broad range of railway sector operators from different countries and fields attended the trade fair held in Berlin. What kind of reception did Digirail receive among fair visitors? And how does Finnish innovation compare to the rest of Europe? The biennial InnoTrans trade fair was held in September in Berlin. This year, the world’s […]
The modernization work of the Finnish railway train control system is in progress and the first commercial ETCS (European Train Control System) line is planned to be operational during the year 2027. The Digirail project – which is responsible for the transformation – has set an ambitious goal to be one of the first to […]
Latest progress with Digirail: Two requests for information (RFI) have been sent about procurements for the EKA track section
These requests will be used to assess both suppliers’ interest and their ability to deliver the equipment and rolling stock required for the Digirail project. It will also raise awareness of the Digirail project among international operators. The Digirail project will take another step forward when competitive tendering for the first commercial track section (aka […]
Digirail aims to achieve safe and efficient train operation. Published on 2 July 2021, the Digirail Report provides details of how railway technical systems will be modernised in Finland. The Digirail project is now moving from preparation to practice as digital train control technology is constructed and piloted on the railways. The goal is for […]
Finland’s rail transport is undergoing a transformation. The system currently used to ensure the safe running of trains will come to the end of its lifecycle at the end of the 2020s. Alternatives to the outdated train control system were examined in the extensive Digirail study that has just been completed. The parties that implemented the study propose introducing a modern radio-based train control system in Finland.
Digirata is not the only European railway traffic development project. What is going on elsewhere and what can we learn from it?