Siemens Mobility to modernize the largest freight rail yard in the Netherlands

Siemens Mobility has been awarded a €110 million contract by ProRail B.V. to modernize and optimize the Kijfhoek freight railyard, the largest yard in the Netherlands and a vital link between the Rotterdam ports and major industrial areas in Europe.

This contract includes providing a state-of-the-art fully automated system to manage yard operations and 15 years of maintenance services. Located south-east of Rotterdam, the Kijfhoek marshalling yard encompasses 50 hectares, with 14 arrival tracks, 41 classification tracks and 12 stabling tracks.

“The increased automation of freight rail yards, systems and processes is having a considerable impact on the economic efficiency of freight transport, as intelligent systems are allowing for goods to be delivered faster, more reliably, and in a far more sustainable manner,” said Andre Rodenbeck, CEO of Rail Infrastructure at Siemens Mobility. “As a global market leader in cargo automation and maintenance services, our sophisticated Trackguard Cargo MSR32 solution and highly digitalized customer services will enable Kijfhoek to safely enhance the efficiency and reliability of its operations.”

Siemens Mobility will provide its Trackguard Cargo MSR32 automation solution, which will allow the yard to operate its marshalling and humping operations with a high degree of efficiency, reliability, and safety. In addition, the highly digitalized maintenance services will improve general operations and reduce the overall life cycle costs. The project is intended to be completed in 2024 and Kijfhoek will continue to operate at least 50% of capacity during this work.

Trackguard Cargo MSR32 is a proven system specifically designed to efficiently manage and organize the movement of rail cars in freight yards. It allows for the rationalization of operational sequences at all levels, from train arrival to train departure, and provides the maximum possible automation of all work cycles and humping operations. This includes the route and speed control units for all points, retarders, and propelling systems, as well as the radio-based integration of the humping locomotive to closely manage the humping speed.

This project, as well as the 15-year customer service commitment, builds on the already longstanding relationship between Siemens Mobility and ProRail B.V. Siemens Mobility has previously partnered with ProRail to deliver class B signaling systems, rail electrification, track outdoor elements, passenger counting systems, and station displays. Siemens Mobility is also one of the finalists for a running tender to implement ETCS nationally across the Netherlands.

(Siemens Mobility)


Siemens Mobility and Stadler consortium wins contract to modernize and upgrade the Lisbon Metro

The consortium of Siemens Mobility and Stadler have won a €114.5 million contract to provide the Lisbon Metro with a state of the art signaling system and a new fleet of modern trains.

Stadler will supply 14 three-car metro trains, while Siemens Mobility will install its Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) system Trainguard MT on the Blue, Yellow and Green lines, and will upgrade the existing equipment.

This will include installing its on-board CBTC technology across 70 trains of the existing fleet, as well as on the 14 new Stadler trains.

“We are excited about this contract, and proud to have the chance, in partnership with Siemens Mobility, to support Lisbon Metro in its efforts to modernize the fleet. Stadler has recently won major metro projects in Europe and the US. This latest contract confirms the success of our strategy and positions us as a global reference in providing solutions for sustainable urban mobility”, states Ansgar Brockmeyer, Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales at Stadler Group.

Andre Rodenbeck, CEO Rail Infrastructure at Siemens Mobility, said: “Siemens Mobility, together with our partner Stadler, are proud to have been appointed to deliver the modernization and optimization services for Lisbon Metro. Siemens Mobility’s CBTC system will increase reliability, availability and efficiency of the service delivered by Lisbon Metro, while also complying with the high standards of quality and safety required by the operator. We are pleased to contribute our technology and know-how to this important mobility project that will increase passenger experience for the residents of Lisbon.”

The contract includes technical training for operation and maintenance, as well as preventive and corrective maintenance of all equipment for the first three years, and a supply of spares and consumables for preventive maintenance for a further two years. The supply period agreed is 77 months, with provisional acceptance planned for 2027.

Stadler will design the vehicles using a modular methodology to better facilitate maintenance. Its stainless-steel car body ensures the vehicles are lightweight and strong. Three double doors per side and carriage will enable passengers to get on and off quickly and easily.

The 14 three-car trains will initially be fitted with CBTC GoA2 but will have the ability to be upgraded to GoA4, so the service can be fully automated in future. Trains will be powered by third rail at 750 V. The 49.6m long and 2.78m wide vehicles will have 90 seats arranged longitudinally, two places for wheelchair users, and standing capacity for 450 people. The new rolling stock will increase comfort and accessibility for passengers, as well as provide enhanced communications, safety, and video surveillance systems.

Siemens Mobility CBTC signaling technology provides real-time data on vehicle position and speed conditions operating in moving block principle, allowing system operators to safely increase the number of vehicles on a rail line. This results in greater frequency of train arrivals and allows more passengers to be accommodated on the system. This is the most extensively deployed automatic train control system in the world and is currently being used in Singapore, Turkey, Brazil, Spain, and China.

(Siemens Mobility)


Η Siemens Mobility εξαγόρασε την Padam Mobility ενισχύοντας το portfolio της στις intermodal μεταφορές

Η Siemens Mobility προχώρησε στην απόκτηση της Padam Mobility, μια εταιρεία τεχνολογίας που παρέχει πλατφόρμες και εφαρμογές τεχνητής νοημοσύνης για on-demand και paratransit υπηρεσίες.

Επιμέλεια: Βάσω Βεγιάζη

Ουσιαστικά, η εταιρεία βοηθά τους μεταφορείς να παρέχουν πιο αποτελεσματική μεταφορά τόσο σε αστικές όσο και σε αγροτικές περιοχές.

Ειδικότερα, η Padam Mobility επιτρέπει στους επιβάτες να κάνουν κράτηση για την κοινόχρηστη διαδρομή τους εύκολα, ενώ παράλληλα και οι οδηγοί έχουν τη δυνατότητα να παρακολουθούν το δρομολόγιό τους να εξελίσσεται σε πραγματικό χρόνο, χάρη στους αλγόριθμους και την ενσωμάτωση δεδομένων κίνησης.

Παρέχει στους μεταφορείς τη δυνατότητα να διαχειρίζονται και να εποπτεύουν τις δραστηριότητές τους σε πραγματικό χρόνο και να συλλέγουν δεδομένα για τη βελτίωση της υπηρεσίας προς τους χρήστες.

Η Padam Mobility προσφέρει τη δυνατότητα σε πόλεις και συγκοινωνιακούς παρόχους να καταστήσουν τις μεταφορές αποτελεσματικότερες.
Η Padam Mobility προσφέρει τη δυνατότητα σε πόλεις και συγκοινωνιακούς παρόχους να καταστήσουν τις μεταφορές αποτελεσματικότερες.

Επιπλέον, ένα εργαλείο προσομοίωσης επιτρέπει στις δημόσιες συγκοινωνίες να καθορίσουν την καλύτερη λύση για τις ανάγκες τους, καθώς παρέχει δεδομένα όπως εκτιμώμενους χρόνους αναμονής, κόστους και ποσοστά πλήρωσης.

Σύμφωνα με τη Siemens Mobility, «αυτή η εξαγορά ενισχύει το ευφυές χαρτοφυλάκιο υποδομών της που εστιάζει στις intermodal μεταφορές.

Υποστηρίζει τους μεταφορείς στην προσπάθειά τους να ενσωματώσουν και να συντονίσουν διαφορετικούς τρόπους μεταφοράς παρέχοντας απρόσκοπτα ταξίδια από το πρώτο έως το τελευταίο μίλι.


New electronic interlocking for parts of Berlin’s U2 subway line

The Berlin Transport Association (BVG) and Siemens Mobility have signed a contract for the construction of a Sicas ECC electronic interlocking at Alexanderplatz subway station.

The new interlocking is to cover the approximately 3.5-kilometer route between the Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and Spittelmarkt subway stations. In addition to the indoor system, the scope of order includes new cables, a cable system and around 150 K140 signals (main, pre, emergency and protection signals).

The line, which comprises a total of five stations, runs underground on two tracks in a tunnel with a small clearance gauge. The project, which has a total volume of around €13 million, will start laying cables in November 2021 and will be completed in summer 2024.

“We are honored that we will be supplying one of the busiest underground stations in Berlin, Alexanderplatz, with our Sicas ECC electronic interlocking. This new interlocking will provide BVG with a low-maintenance system which is characterized by high safety and availability, cost-effective operation, and flexibility,” says Marc Ludwig, Head of Mass Transit, Rail Infrastructure.

(Siemens Mobility)