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RTSA NZ Chapter Event (Webinar): Auckland EMU CAF Signalling ETCS Onboard equipment introduction, assurance and commissioning process

October 6 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm UTC+12

The introduction of electric trains in Auckland in 2014 has undoubtedly been a huge success with annual ridership numbers increasing by over 8 million in that time. As a result, capacity has started to become an issue, so in 2017 Auckland Transport placed an order with Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) for an additional 15×3 car EMUs. These additional 15 trains were also to be equipped with CAF’s AURIGA European Train Control System (ETCS) Onboard equipment which would also be installed on the original 57 trains to replace the existing ETCS Onboard for operation on Auckland’s ETCS Level 1 fitted network.

Introducing a new ETCS Onboard onto an existing Brownfield network and developing an assurance strategy for the operation in Auckland presented the multi-stakeholder project team with a number of challenges. Whilst ETCS was fundamentally intended to facilitate interoperability, the experience in Auckland showed there is still room for interpretation that can have an impact on systems integration and implementation.

This presentation will explore the assurance and approval process for the new ETCS Onboard and shed light on some of the challenges the team faced. It will cover the definition of the type test scope, describe the overarching approval process and present some examples of how interoperable products can still behave differently.


Paul Barnsley

Paul is a senior Railway Systems Engineer with over 32 years’ experience in the rail industry, working both customer and supplier side on complex, multi-disciplinary programmes. These include the nationwide implementation of ERTMS level 2 in Denmark, the fully automated Singapore Downtown Line and Bangkok Purple line. Since arriving in Auckland in 2013, Paul has worked freelance and is currently supporting Auckland Transport with the implementation of a new ETCS Onboard. Paul is also providing safety assurance support for a client in Australia.

Martin Tompkins

Martin is a Senior Signals Engineer with KiwiRail. He joined KiwiRail 13 years ago as a Project Engineer on the Auckland Electrification Project and was involved in the design, development, testing and rollout of the ETCS level 1 system. Since then Martin has continued to work on a variety of signalling projects across New Zealand with particular focus on the Auckland network. Martin is currently working on a number of signalling changes in Auckland to support the integration of the City Rail Link into the Auckland suburban network.

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October 6
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm UTC+12
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RTSA New Zealand Chapter
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