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Rail traffic management to get a boost in Spain thanks to EU grant

Creation date: April 10, 2012

The European Union will support with almost €23 million from the TEN-T Programme two rail projects in Spain aimed at speeding up the implementation of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). The projects will improve the safety of rail transport whilst at the same time making the sector more competitive.


The two projects were selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call. The first, which is set to receive an EU contribution of over €18 million, involves equipping the entire existing Spanish high speed rail network (over 1,000 km) with the latest consolidated version of European Train Control System (ETCS), which guarantees a common standard that enables trains to cross national borders and enhances overall safety. The project will also support the upgrade to the same level of 231 high speed locomotives.


The second project, which will receive over €4.4 million in EU co-financing, consists of deploying ERTMS trackside equipment on the Albacete to Alicante high speed rail section, which is currently being built.


Both projects will be managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency and are expected to last until December 2014.


For more information, please consult the projects' pages!







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