Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Belgian rail upgrades to benefit from EU co-financing

Creation date: October 16, 2013

A project to install European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on a significant section of the Belgian railway network will be supported by the European Union to the tune of over €5.8 million from the TEN-T Programme. The project will improve the safety, quality of service, interoperability and traffic management of the Belgian railway network and also boost its competitiveness.


The project, which was selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, is part of a larger initiative to equip the entire Belgian rail network and train fleet with the European Train Control System (ETCS) by 2022. ERTMS is 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.


The selected project concerns the deployment of ETCS Level 1, Baseline 2 on 78 km of double track line. This includes first deployment of ETCS on a 62.3 km high speed rail section between Lueven and Ans, 13.6 km between Avar Ackers and Hertogendijk and 2.1 km in the area of Keelbeek Noord. Completion of the project will significantly improve operational safety and reliability of the Belgian railway network as well as shorten travel times.


The project is set to be completed by the end of 2015.