The section of line between Nordhavn and Carlsberg / Sydhavn via Copenhagen Central Station is now in operation with the new signaling system. This is the latest milestone of an ongoing major upgrade of the entire S-Tog network in Copenhagen, replacing systems that originate back to the 1970s. The upgrade will allow the operator to reduce train headways from 120 seconds to 70 seconds within the inner-city area. The newly refurbished section consisted of ca.10km double track line covering seven stations. 50% of the entire S/Tog network is now operated with the new CBTC system.
Under a €252m contract awarded in 2011, Siemens Mobility is installing a Communications-Based Train Control System (CBTC) across the entire 170-kilometer S-Bane network as part of a comprehensive upgrade of the network.
Siemens Mobility is currently equipping the entire 170 kilometers of track in five phases. At the beginning of 2021, the S-Bane’s Farum and ring lines were the latest to be commissioned taking the total rollout across the system to 43%. CBTC has been active on the Hillerød – Jægersborg section since 2016, and the Jægersborg – Klampenborg, and Svanemøllen – Ryparken section since 2019. Work on the remaining sections is expected to be completed in 2022.
Once the complete network is open, up to 84 trains an hour will travel on the core network – equivalent to more than 100 million passengers per year. Copenhagen’s S-Bane is the backbone of the capital’s public mass transit network. It carries around 350,000 passengers a day – and that number is growing all the time. This reflects the growth in the metropolitan area around the Danish capital where more than one fifth of the entire population of Denmark now lives.