ETCS Testing – Thameslink Core Area

ETCS testing took place during mid-week nights through the Thameslink Core Area, while adjacent lines were open to service traffic, in preparation for ATO to be enabled

Class 700 unit ETCS testing is undertaken as part of the Thameslink Programme works to upgrade the signalling in the Core Area for European Train Control System (ETCS). The Class 700 unit is fitted with ETCS equipment for testing the associated on-train and track-side equipment that has been installed in the Core (mainly track-side balises).

The ETCS signalling system, once operational, provides a high level of safety integrity which will then enable Automatic Train Operation (ATO). Ultimately the consistent acceleration/braking and dwell times provided by ATO can reliably deliver 24 trains per hour through the Core Area.