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European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) - Articles and news items

Meeting the challenges of a more standardised railway

Issue 2 2017 / 19 March 2017 /

It has been 25 years since considerations at a European level were initiated by several organisations (the EU, the railways under the umbrella of the UIC and the signalling and telecom industries) to meet the challenges of having a more standardised railway, but additional developments are still required to achieve an economical, unified, interoperable and flexible railway.

Shaping the longer-term evolution of ERTMS

Rail industry news / 23 February 2017 /

On 14 February 2017, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) released its 2015-2016 Annual Report which provides an overview of the association’s main focus during the last 18 months – one particular focus is ERTMS.

Feedback from the activities of the ERTMS Users Group

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 22 February 2017 /

Michel Ruesen, Managing Director of the ERTMS Users Group, updates the industry on the activities of the organisation and the implementation of ERTMS…

European Commission adopts ERTMS European Deployment Plan

Rail industry news / 6 January 2017 /

The European Commission has adopted an implementing regulation on the new European Rail Traffic Management System European Deployment Plan (ERTMS EDP).

ERTMS deployment MoU signed at InnoTrans

Rail industry news / 21 September 2016 /

On the 20th September the European Commission, the European Union Agency for Railways, the UIC and European rail sector organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will lead to greater cooperation on the deployment of ERTMS, the European Rail Traffic Management System.

A new challenge for ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 on Italian conventional lines

Issue 5 2016 / 6 September 2016 /

The introduction of ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 has been one of the major technological innovations in the world of railway signalling in recent years. Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FSI) through Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) and Trenitalia was one of the principal developers of the system, demonstrating its feasibility and effectiveness – both in terms of performance and safety – through implementation of the system on the High Speed/High Capacity Network. Fabio Senesi, Stefano Marcoccio and Andrea Olmi (RFI S.p.A) reveal the latest challenge for the group in this article and outline their means for achieving it.

Railway safety, it’s my priority…

Issue 3 2016 / 25 May 2016 /

Belgium, situated at the heart of the European Union, possessing a very developed economic sector of logistics, is abundantly conscious of the challenges – present and future – of the transport sector. We are often pointed at as Belgium still resides in the top ranks of most congested roads in Europe. The transport sector has to continuously reinvent and adapt itself to become effective and efficient in accommodating ad-hoc demands. For instance, the transport sector still has a long way to go to reduce its ecological footprint…

Consortium awarded Barcelona Suburban Network signalling contract

Rail industry news / 15 February 2016 /

An Alstom–Bombardier consortium has been chosen to supply ERTMS signalling systems and 20 years of maintenance services for the Barcelona Suburban Network.

Signalling & Telecommunications supplement

Issue 1 2016, Supplements / 4 February 2016 /

In our latest free-to-view Signalling & Telecommunications Supplement, Libor Lochman, Executive Director of CER and Monika Heiming, Executive Director of EIM, promote better ERTMS development and deployment, plus there’s an event preview of the UIC ERTMS World Conference…

Services begin on Poland’s completed ERTMS Level 2

Rail industry news / 7 December 2015 /

The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2 has been completed on the section between Legnica-Wegliniec-Bielawa Dolna of Poland’s E30 line co-existing with conventional signalling equipment.

The Railway Infrastructure Manager’s challenge

Issue 3 2015 / 4 June 2015 /

As the railway Infrastructure Manager in the UK, Network Rail is entering uncharted territory – new possibilities in traffic management are opening up through the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), and the ability to measure the performance of the infrastructure in ways not previously imagined is becoming increasingly available. These are indeed exciting times, writes James Lewis, Network Rail’s Head of European Research and Development (R&D) Programme…

Rail signalling upgrade could expose network to cyber-attacks

Rail industry news / 24 April 2015 /

The BBC has reported a planned rail signalling upgrade may be vulnerable to cyber-attacks that could cause a serious crash.