Creation date: April 10, 2012
Two projects to upgrade Italian infrastructure and rolling stock in terms of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) will be supported by the European Union to the tune of almost €20 million. The projects will improve the safety of rail transport whilst at the same time making the sector more competitive.
The two projects were selected under the 2011 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call. The first, receiving almost €4.6 million of support, involves upgrading the ERTMS software and hardware of the onboard units of 188 locomotives in order to ensure their compliance with the latest consolidated version of this system. The locomotives will then be able to circulate in all other EU Member States which have implemented the same system. The project will be completed by the end of 2013.
The second project, which will receive €15 million in EU co-financing, consists of deploying ERTMS trackside equipment along the Verona-Fortezza route, which is part of ERTMS Corridor B, stretching in a north to south direction from Stockholm in Sweden to Naples in Italy. Over 200 km of double track railway line will be affected by this project, which is expected to last until the end of 2014.
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.
Both projects will be managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency.
For more information, please consult the projects' pages!
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