European railway integration has reached an important milestone in Hungary

Ferencváros-Székesfehérvár ETCS L2 European Train Control System

European railway integration has reached an important milestone in Hungary. On behalf of National Infrastructure Developing Ltd., Siemens Mobility has implemented and put Hungary’s first ETCS L2 European Train Control System on line section Ferencváros – Kelenföld – Martonvásár – Székesfehérvár into operation.


As part of the installation, electronic transponders (balises) were located on the tracks that play an important part for the identification of the train positions in the ETCS system. The transponders and the trains establish connection with one another by means of the antennas installed on the bottom of the trains. 


The ETCS system is controlled from the so-called “RBC centre”. We installed such a centre among others at Martonvásár station, from where the central traffic control of the railway line takes place as well. The trains running on the railway line can communicate with the installed devices via GSM-R (a railway radio network for technological purposes) which thereby continuously monitor their safe operation. The traffic control service of MÁV can intervene in the train traffic via the installed operator interfaces.


As part of the investment, testing and training equipment was installed in the Technological Centre of MÁV. Here, the test personal of MÁV can model and analyse the system’s operation, train movements, and also perform training activities under laboratory circumstances.


Thanks to the installation of ETCS L2 European Train Control System, the European interoperability of the Ferencváros-Székesfehérvár railway was realized and train operation up to 160 km/h will also become possible on sections suitable for that speed.