The European Union (EU) has granted funds to support the development and installation of the common European Train Control System (ETCS) in Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark and the UK.
With €15m in financial support from EU, as part of its TEN-T Programme, the new system is expected to enhance the interoperability, safety, reliability and capacity on European railways.
A total of seven separate projects will contribute to the deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) in the EU.
In addition to increasing the overall capacity of the rail network, these projects will boost freight and passenger traffic safety and improve the timekeeping of trains, EU said.
ETCS deployment projects in Belgium will receive approximately €7m of the total amount. In Belgium, ETCS will be installed on 64 M6 double-deck carriages and one I11BDx train cab.
In addition, ETCS will further be installed on ten Class 66 locomotives.
Luxembourg will receive more than €3.5m to upgrade 85 locomotives with ETCS, which will enable their operation on ETCS-equipped railway lines in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
EU will support the prototyping, installation and testing of ETCS on-board equipment on 52 Danish locomotives with €4m. This is part of the country’s national programme aimed to renew the entire signalling system on its rail network by 2021.
The UK companies will secure €750,000 to equip ten TRAXX locomotives with ETCS, allowing their operation in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.
The projects are to be completed by end of this year.