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EU supports ERTMS upgrade of track in Germany

Creation date: April 10, 2012

A project to upgrade a key stretch of German rail infrastructure is set to receive over €2.5 million in EU co-funding from the TEN-T programme. The project concerns installing the latest consolidated version of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) hardware and software in order to improve the interoperability of rail transport whilst at the same time making the sector more competitive.


The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, concerns the upgrade, including the testing phase, of a section of high speed rail track between Berlin and Leipzig. The latest consolidated version of European Train Control System (ETCS), which guarantees a common standard that enables trains to cross national borders, will be installed.


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 inEuropewith a single harmonised system.


The project, which is managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency, is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.


For more information, please consult the project's page!



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