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Meeting the challenges of a more standardised railway

19 March 2017  •  Author(s): Poul Frøsig, former UIC ERTMS/ETCS Project Manager

Meeting the challenges of a more standardised railway

…by Poul Frøsig, former UIC ERTMS/ETCS Project Manager

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.

Railway design and operation was, at that time, very national-orientated – many countries had their ways of operating and their own national suppliers to deliver their rail systems. How standardised should railways be, and in what ways this standardisation should be implemented, were major questions at the time. ERTMS was the umbrella for the GSM-R, ETCS and the management part of sub-systems.

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