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ERTMS - European Rail Traffic Management System

ERTMS ("European Rail Traffic Management System") is a major industrial project being implemented by Europe, a project which will serve to make rail transport safer and more competitive. One component of ERTMS, the European Train Control System (ETCS), guarantees a common standard that enables trains to cross national borders and enhances safety.

Following an intense ten year phase of research and development, validation of the ETCS standard was carried out from 2000 to 2007 with real scale projects underway in parallel. Since 2005, feedback from projects prompted the need to fine tune the specifications in order to move from local to global compatibility and ensure interoperability between all projects in Europe. The specification, as modified by a Commission Decision on 23 April 2008, now guarantees that Europe's trains equipped with ETCS can travel on any line equipped with ETCS. On 22 July 2009 the Commission adopted a European Deployment Plan for ERTMS which provides for the progressive deployment of ERTMS along the main European rail routes. This will reduce running costs and improve the system's efficiency on long cross-border distances.

In 2005 the European Commission and the rail industry (manufacturers, infrastructure managers and undertakings) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the deployment of ERTMS on a key part of the European network with an emphasis on six freight corridors. Under the auspices of the European Coordinator for ERTMS, Karel Vinck, a second MoU signed in July 2008 included new partners and set ambitious objectives for the deployment of ETCS across key freight corridors and high speed lines which will greatly improve the competitiveness of European railways.

Related documents

Summaries of legislation

Interoperability of the trans-European high-speed rail system

Legislation

Commission Decision of 6 November 2012 amending Commission Decision 2012/88/EU on the technical specifications for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystems of the trans-European rail system  - Consolidated version

Commission Decision of 25 January 2012 on the technical specification for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystems of the trans-European rail system

Commission Decision of 22 July 2009 amending Decision 2006/679/EC as regards the implementation of the technical specification for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystem of the trans-European conventional rail system [C(2009) 5607 final] (also referred to as "the European Deployment Plan")

Decision 2008/386/EC of 23/04/2008 modifying Annex A to Decision 2006/679/EC of 28 March 2006 concerning the technical specification for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystem of the trans-European conventional rail system and Annex A to Decision 2006/860/EC of 7 November 2006 concerning the technical specification for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystem of the trans-European high speed rail system

Decision of 6 March 2007 modifying Annex A to Decision 2006/679/EC concerning the technical specification for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystem of the trans-European conventional rail system and Annex A to Decision 2006/860/EC concerning the technical specification for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystem of the trans-European high speed rail system [2007/153/EC]

Decision 2006/860/EC of 07/11/2006 concerning a technical specification for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystem of the trans-European High Speed rail system and modifying Annex A to decision 2006/679/EC of 28 March 2006 concerning the technical specification for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystem of the trans-European conventional rail system

Communication on the deployment of the European rail signalling system ERTMS/ETCS [COM(2005)298]

Annex to the Communication [SEC(2005)903]

Decision 2001/260/EC of 21 March 2001 on the basic parameters of the command-control and signalling subsystem of the trans-European high-speed rail system referred to as "ERTMS characteristics" in Annex II(3) to Directive 96/48/EC

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National Deployment Plans

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European rail transport : a major step towards a harmonised signalling system [IP/09/1167, 22/07/2009] български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Rail transport: new agreement to accelerate deployment of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) [IP/08/1107, 04/07/2008] български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Commission facilitates interoperability for Europe's trains [IP/08/629, 23/04/2008] български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

ERTMS: a major European project for the rail networks [IP/05/321, 17/03/2005] български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

MoU between the European Commission, the European Railway Agency and the European Rail sector Associations (CER — UIC — UNIFE — EIM — GSM-R Industry Group — ERFA) concerning the strengthening of cooperation for the management of ERTMS, 16 April 2012 pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

MoU between the European Commission and the European Railway Associations (CER – UIC – UNIFE – EIM – GSM-R Industry Group – ERFA) concerning the strengthening of cooperation for speeding up the deployment of ERTMS, July 2008 pdf - 469 KB [469 KB]

Publications

ERTMS - Delivering flexible and reliable rail traffic. A major industrial project for Europe

ERTMS in 10 questions pdf - 33 KB [33 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr)

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