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Denmark opts for a new signalling system to reduce delays of up to 720,000 hours a year

  • Banedanmark has put Denmark’s first new digital railway signalling system into operation on the line between Frederikshavn and Lindholm, North Jutland (77 km).
  • Denmark is a pioneer country in European Train Control System and is implementing the latest standard (ETCS Level 2 Baseline 3) throughout the country in combination with Thales’s ARAMISTM Traffic Management system.
  • The project is delivered by a consortium of Thales and Strukton based on a 25-year contract.

Denmark’s first European Train Control System (ETCS) line is now in service. The new digital signalling system has been in operation since 21 October on the line between Frederikshavn and Lindholm in Northern Jutland. The ambitious project initiated by Banedanmark and delivered by Thales and Strukton positions Denmark as a front-runner in future proof and scalable digital railway operation. As the first ETCS Level 2 Baseline 3 system in the world the project illustrates Thales’s dedication to developing tailor-made solutions based on customers’ needs and ambitions.

Northern Jutland’s new digital radio- and sensor based signalling system is built to increase railway operators’ operational performance through enhanced capacity and speed calculation. By calculating a safe maximum speed for each train, with cab signalling for the driver and on-board systems that take control if the permissible speed is exceeded, the system ensures higher performance and improved passenger service. As part of the delivery contract Thales and Strukton have delivered and installed the ARAMIS™ TMS that further optimises and supports the operational efficiencies, delivering operational flexibility and a better punctuality.

Trains on the line between Frederikshavn and Lindholm will be better equipped for on-time arrival than ever before as punctuality is significantly improved compared to today’s legacy system. Safety is increased for both passengers and railway operators thanks to redundancy.

The new digital railway signalling system is sustaining the growing needs of the 2030 railway traffic with a highly scalable architecture to easily include further extension, speed increase, double tracks and electrification. In implementing the new ETCS together with ARAMISTM TMS, Denmark is once again a pioneer country.  The nationwide rail network renewal project follows the implementation of the Travel Card electronic ticketing system delivered by Thales.

The project is delivered to Banedanmark by a consortium of Thales and Strukton under the lead of Thales. The scope of the consortium is a full technical delivery and integration and includes design, development, engineering, installation, testing, training, migration and commissioning. For Thales, the project with Banedanmark is an important step towards a closer relationship and a stronger presence in Denmark:


« Modern railway infrastructure is of paramount importance to Denmark. Banedanmark is the tip of the spear in the deployment of unparalleled signalling systems to serve operators like Nordjyske Jernbaner. Being chosen to help in these big ambitions is where Thales excels, especially when entrusted with such a long term relationship. This 25-year contract affords us the opportunity to foster a true partnership with Banedanmark, thus preparing tomorrow, starting today.”

Tommy Ayouty, Thales Country Director in Denmark.


The new ETCS system was tested extensively in various test platforms and on the rails in North Jutland before the successful launch of commercial operation. An additional 11 lines are preparing for ETCS deployment from 2019, starting in the Western part of Jutland, with the rollout to be completed by 2023. According to Banedanmark’s plan, the system will be operational throughout the country by 2030 and can potentially save the Danes up to 720,000 hours in delays a year.


About Thales

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About Thales in Denmark

Thales has been involved in Danish projects since 1991. Today Thales employs more than 145 people in Denmark and functions as the hub for eight countries in Northern Europe.
In Defence, Thales designs and produces radars in all three domains; air, land and naval.
Thales has equipped the Royal Danish Navy with radars on its five latest vessels and supplied communications systems for the Danish Army’s armoured vehicle fleet.
Thales supplied the SMART-S Mk2 air surveillance radar for the two Absalon class vessels and APAR multifunction radar and SMART-L volume search radar the three Iver Huitfeldt class ships.
Thales is also firmly established in the aerospace sector where it holds a dominant position in Denmark’s air traffic management market.  In ground transportation, Thales is upgrading Banedanmark’s signalling system in Jutland, which covers approximately 1,200 kilometres of lines.