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and latest signalling system developed by Siemens. The new signalling system allows for significantly improved operations, such as bi-directional operations and automatic route setting. This enables train control to optimise train movements around the network, minimise delays to services, and allow maintenance works while minimising their impact upon commuters.” “Because trains can run in either direction on each track, there is a lot of flexibility – it is easy to have trains diverted if required. This is all done automatically.” There is also an automatic train protection system to override drivers if train speed limits are being exceeded. Auckland Transport says the first 14 electric trains from CAF are now in the country, and are being used on the Onehunga line. Two trains are scheduled to arrive from Spain every month between now and November. From then, the rate will increase to four trains each month, with the full fleet delivered by mid 2015. By the end of the year, electric services are planned to commence on the eastern line to Manukau, with other lines being progressively introduced as the trains arrive and complete testing. Each train comprises three carriages – two motor cars, with a trailer car between. The trains feature platform-level boarding, which is a first for Auckland trains. Other key features include wider doors that allow easier access, especially for those with restricted mobility, wide windows and a fresh, modern decor. Lloyd Major says testing of the new trains has proved very worthwhile and hasn’t resulted in any major issues or breakdowns. “Altogether, a tremendous amount of resource and co-ordination has gone into this whole project, which has brought a new era in rail travel to Aucklanders.” For more information, visit the Auckland Transport website: save | share Search 43984 at 118 SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT