Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Key cross border rail link between France and Spain to receive upgrade thanks to

Creation date: April 10, 2012

The European Union will co-finance with over €2.5 million from the TEN-T Programme a project to upgrade the current European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) version on the high speed line Perpignan-Figueras, which is part of ERTMS Corridor D (Valencia-Barcelona-Lyon-Turin-Trieste-Ljubljana) and TEN-T Priority Project 3 (High-speed railway axis of southwest Europe).


The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, will cover all the aspects related to ERTMS-upgrade of the line: design & software development, testing activities, safety assessment, validation and final installation. Once completed, the project will ensure higher levels of safety on this stretch of rail network, while boosting competitiveness of the sector and improving the cross-border link.


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 inEuropewith a single harmonised system.


The project will be managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency and is set to be completed by July 2013.


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



Press Release in Spanish -  .doc (38.5 KB)


Press Release in French -  .doc (38.5 KB)