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EU supports ERTMS upgrade of locomotives and track in The Netherlands

Creation date: April 10, 2012

The European Union will support two projects in The Netherlands aiming to further the implementation of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), one of the EU's key priorities for rail transport. The projects will receive a total grant of over €9 million and contribute to making freight and passenger rail transport more competitive and safer.


The first project involves equipping 57 Siemens locomotives with European Train Control System (ETCS) levels 1 and 2, so that they can circulate seamlessly along the ERTMS Corridors A, B and E. ERTMS is a major European signalling harmonising project aiming at a safer and more competitive rail transport. Its goal is to substitute roughly 20 different train control-command systems which are currently in use in Europe with a single harmonised system. The project will be supported with almost €7 million in co-financing and is set to be concluded by the end of 2013.


The second project, supported by over €2 million of co-financing concerns the installation and testing of the latest consolidated version of trackside ERTMS on a stretch of rail infrastructure between Zevenaar (The Netherlands) and the German border. The project, set to be completed by December 2014, will allow for seamless crossing of the Dutch-German border of ERTMS equipped trains.


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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