What is the problem? Inefficient transport and mobility

Increased traffic on roads, railways, sky, sea and waterways is causing more and more infrastructure bottlenecks. Intelligent Transports Systems (ITS) could make transport more efficient, faster, easier and reliable. New information and communication technology (ICT) solutions like real-time traffic and travel information could relieve congestion, encourage greener mobility, improve safety and security, and better integrate passenger and freight transport.

Why is EU action necessary? Boost efficient cross-border transport services

The European Rail Traffic Management System aims at a Europe wide automatic speed control system, while ICT applications for rail freight services and passenger services will support cross-border services.

What has the Commission done so far?

The European Rail Traffic Management System was set up to create a unique signalling and communication standard throughout Europe.

A dedicated European deployment plan was adopted in July 2009 to ensure that EU Member States equip their network in the same timeframe.

The ERTMS specifications were developed by the European Rail Agency (ERA) - which acts as “system authority” for ERTMS. Development of the next ERTMS version (baseline 3) is expected imminently. Once adopted, the technical specifications, which are publicly available, have to be enforced by the suppliers and railway undertakings, thereby ensuring a uniform implementation across Europe.

All Member States have national strategies which include a deployment strategy. Most Member States have launched tenders and lines are being equipped.