New Centralized Traffic Control Center for Commuter Lines in Barcelona

Developed and installed by SIEMENS,it is a fundament element since it will manage services realized in conventional width in the provinces of Barcelona and Girona, and part of Tarragona and Lleida.

The new Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) center for Commuter Lines in Barcelona, which will be developed and installed by Siemens, is a key element in Catalonia’s transport since it manages standard gauge services in Barcelona and Gerona provinces and part of Tarragona and Lerida ones.

Modernization of this CTC with Siemens Controlguide Rail 9000 technology will offer better technological features that will increase system flexibility and easiness to allow future extensions. In addition, from the operator point of view, it will provide a more optimal Human-Machine Interface (HMI).

Functionality of the Controlguide Rail 9000 technology has been adapted to ADIF requests in order to ensure that it meets the monitoring and control requirements for all the lines in its Commuter Lines network.

Controlguide Rail 9000 is a flexible system that allows integration of different functions, such as route automatization and regulation or interaction with other systems through a safe interface for information exchange with external systems.

Monitoring is organized at different levels (operation, system, communication and trackside objects), announcing possible incidents according to the settings requested by the customer.  The aim is to ease the operator task as far as possible, allowing optimizing resources and operation.

In July, ADIF awarded the contract for writing up on the project and the new Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) installation in Barcelona’s Commuter Lines to Siemens Rail Automation. This contract, awarded for an amount of 7.4 million euros (VAT included), also includes a 20-year maintenance.

Siemens has developed and installed CTCs for ADIF Commuter Lines in Chamartín, Valencia-Fuente San Luis, Miranda de Ebro, Zaragoza-Portillo, Manzanares or Zaragoza, among others, as well as for ADIF High Speed Lines in Chamartín, Zaragoza-Delicias, Albacete or Antequera.

The company has a large experience in migrating control centers without service interruption and with no incident affecting line operation, a vital service for the city. For instance, it’s worth pointing out migrations carried out in Metro de Madrid, also in Rubí CTC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya), in Valencia Sud CTC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana) and in El Berrón CTC (Metric-gauge Network). Likewise, it also has a delegation in Catalonia made up of a team of professionals with large experience and skills in Engineering capable to develop any type of railway and mobility projects.