Hitachi Rail: on-board digital technology to run trains across European borders

Karel Novak, Published on 29/11/2022
Hitachi Rail: on-board digital technology to run trains across European borders
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Hitachi Rail has signed two new contracts to equip digital cab signaling technology onboard trains operated by SNCF and Eurostar on French national and cross-border rail networks. The equipment to contribute for enabling passengers to more easily travel by train across European borders.


The agreements will see Bi-Standard cab signaling installed to upgrade eight trains operated by Eurostar and the development of a new version of the Bi-Standard on board high-speed trains operated by SNCF in Italy and Switzerland.

The Bi-Standard combines TVM (Transmission Voice-Machine) and ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) technologies to enable the Eurostar E300 and SNCF high-speed trains to operate safely on both the French and cross-border high-speed networks.

Hitachi Rail's Bi-Standard product line was first introduced into revenue service in France in 2007 for SNCF on the Paris-Strasbourg line. In 2009, Thalys trains were equipped to run in ERTMS mode on the Dutch and Belgian networks.

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