Towards a single European rail area: the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS)
More than 20 national signalling and speed control systems now operate in Europe. Unfortunately, they are not mutually compatible. These technical inefficiencies are a major barrier to the rapidly growing market in rail freight, where the greatest potential comes from cross-border traffic. They are also holding back the development of the wider European transport network.
The solution is European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). ERTMS sets a single signalling equipment standard across Europe, checking speeds and slowing trains down if needed. It will enable trains to move across compatible national networks smoothly, with no delays, extra checks or "fine-tuning". ERTMS as a modern high-performance system will create a unified railway area.