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What is ERTMS about?

ERTMS ("European Rail Traffic Management System") is a major industrial project being implemented by the European Union, a project which will make rail transport safer and more competitive.

Over the last years, ERTMS has become a trending topic when talking about European railways. But what is it exactly and what are its goals?

ERTMS, which stands for ‘European Railway Traffic Management System’, is the European standard for the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) and command and control systems. It creates an interoperable railway system in Europe that is more efficient and safer. It contributes to making rail operation between the Member States much easier and is an essential element of the Single European Railway Area.

ERTMS is a safety system that enforces compliance from trains with speed restrictions and signalling status. Due to its nature and the required functions, at present this system is partly installed trackside and partly installed onboard.

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ERTMS - FAQ on ERTMS

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ERTMS - What is ERTMS?

When talking about ERTMS, we mainly talk about two systems: The ETCS (European Train Control System), a train control standard, based on in-cab...

ERTMS Newsletter

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Economic analyses, EU funding and financing

The business case analysis of ERTMS deployment across the CNCAs part of its work, the Deployment Management Team is tasked to perform economic...

European Deployment Plan and National Implementation Plans

The European Deployment PlanThe ERTMS European Deployment Plan (EDP) sets deadlines for the implementation of ERTMS and its aim is to ensure the...

History of ERTMS

Before ERTMS was conceived, almost every single country used to have its own Automatic Train Protection System (ATP). Normally these systems were not...

State of play

Mature and stable ERTMS specifications have reached usability in commercial projects. Today there are mature and stable ERTMS technical...

What are the benefits?

ERTMS has several advantages in comparison to national (Class B) systems. Some of these advantages, in addition to interoperability, are the following...

What are the deployment problems?

The European Commission has set measures to monitor the deployment of ERTMS. Based on the experience gained over the years, the issues affecting ERMTS...

What has been achieved by now, what is planned and by when?

Project statusMature and stable ERTMS specifications have been introduced in commercial projects. Today there are mature and stable ERTMS technical...

What is the business case of ERTMS deployment, and how should it be funded?

The business case analysis of ERTMS deployment across the Core Network Corridors (CNC)As part of its work, the Deployment Management Team is tasked...

Who are the main stakeholders involved in the deployment?

Information on ERTMS can be directly obtained from the European organisations or from specific stakeholders in the different European countries. In...