17 March 2014
A project to upgrade Austrian and Slovenian locomotives in terms of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) will be supported by the European Union with a little over €1.6 million from the TEN-T Programme. The project will improve the safety of rail transport whilst at the same time making the sector more competitive.
The project was selected under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, which gave priority to ERTMS, a major European industrial initiative to make rail transport safer and more competitive. Its goal is to substitute more than 20 different train control-command systems which are currently in use in Europe with a single harmonised system.
It specifically concerns retrofitting 13 locomotives belonging to four private railway undertakings from Austria and Slovenia. The locomotives will then be able to operate on the ERTMS (level 1 and 2) lines of Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland.
By increasing the interoperability of the locomotives, the project will enhance the competitiveness of the rail freight sector.
The project will be monitored by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and is set to be completed by the end of 2015.
For more information, please consult the project's page: http://inea.ec.europa.eu/en/ten-t/ten-t_projects/ten-t_projects_by_country/multi_country/2012-eu-60033-p.htm