Bev 21 Program - Netherlands

Under the umbrella of the BB21 ("Beter Benutten") Programme Dutch Railways are undertaking a number of projects to achieve better utilisation of the network. These include the Bev21 development program, a new ERTMS /ETCS safety system, a radio communication package, the 25Kv-50Hz electrification and time schedule management.

The development of the Bev21 System is an important part of this programme. Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a contract to develop the Bev21 System and gain Dutch national safety acceptance of both wayside an onboard systems that support the ERTMS/ETCS standards at Levels 1, 2 and STM and dual signalling for both ERTMS equipped and conventionally equipped trains.