HomeTechnologyDigital RailwayStadler to fit Guardia ETCS to 36 Flirts for Arriva Nederland

Stadler to fit Guardia ETCS to 36 Flirts for Arriva Nederland


Train manufacturer Stadler will retrofit 36 of its Flirt trains, operated by Arriva Nederland, with Guardia ETCS (European Train Control System) in-cab signalling and train protection.

This news comes soon after the recent announcement that Guardia, which is manufactured by AngelStar, the joint venture between Mermec and Stadler, has been approved for use in Poland.

Arriva is the first regional carrier in the Netherlands to sign a contract for the installation of ETCS in its trains. It is also the first time for Stadler to win a contract to retrofit trains with its own Guardia system.

Eight of Arriva’s trains are dedicated to cross-border operation on the Liège – Maastricht – Aachen route, so homologation of the system in the countries served by this line (Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany) forms part of this contract.

Stadler will carry out the work over the next four years at one of its four service centres in the Netherlands. The first refitted trains will enter service on the cross-border service in 2022.

Anne Hettinga, Arriva Nederland.

Anne Hettinga, chairman of Arriva Nederland, said: “With this agreement, Arriva Nederland underlines the importance of values like safety and innovation.

“It is great to be a leader in this national and European program as a provider of regional public transport.”

Fitting Guardia ETCS to a train involves the installation of both hardware – computer controllers and the driver-machine interface (DMI), the screen on the driver’s desk – and software. The train will then communicate with the track and the control centre which will update the driver’s DMI, eliminating the need for trackside signals.

Jürg Gygax, Stadler.

Jürg Gygax, director of Stadler’s service division, commented: “We’re proud that we have been trusted with this project.

“Refitting trains with Guardia and the homologation of our ETCS system in three countries is an important milestone for both our service and signalling business.

“We look forward to the continuation of our long-term partnership with Arriva in the Netherlands.”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

TSSA members vote to accept ScotRail pay offer

The TSSA has called off its dispute with ScotRail, with its members having voted to accept a new pay offer. The TSSA says the offer...

Passengers give rail a thumbs up in latest survey

Nearly ninety per cent of rail passengers said they were satisfied with their last journey, according to a new survey by watchdog Transport Focus. The...

Rail museum holds consultation on major plans

The National Railway Museum will house a consultation on plans for a new Central Hall as part of its vision as the cultural heart...
- Advertisement -

More news

TfL bodycam video results in assault conviction

Uxbridge Magistrates have sentenced a woman to a 12-month community order and 35 rehabilitation activity requirement days following a physical assault on two Transport...

Improvements carried out on major London route

A revamp of 1980s signalling systems over the weekend saw services stopped temporarily between London Victoria and East Croydon. Trains were diverted to London Bridge...

Northern takes control of major rail facility

Northern has confirmed it now has full control of Neville Hill depot in Leeds. Previously, the depot – along with its 550-strong staff of engineers,...