The European Commission (EC) has adopted regulations from the new European Rail Traffic Management System European Deployment Plan (ERTMS EDP ).

With the new ERTMS in place, trains are set to run seamlessly across borders by replacing differing national technical systems.

Under the plan, new targets are set until 2023, with around 50% of the core network corridors being equipped.

This plan will be updated during the same year again setting out the precise implementation dates for the remaining portion of the corridors between 2024 and 2030.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: "The European Rail Traffic Management System or ERTMS makes a direct contribution to the competitiveness and the safety of European railways.

“The deployment plan adopted today provides for a phased implementation along the European rail network, bringing us closer to a fully interoperable single European rail area, where trains can more easily travel across borders."

The new plan is set to facilitate the investment and resource planning of railway undertakings, as well as infrastructure managers.

Prior to implementation of the new ERTMS EDP, the European ERTMS Coordinator Karel Vinck consulted and negotiated with member states over the last two years.

Vinck said: "All Member States have accepted ERTMS as the signalling system in Europe.

“It is ready to be implemented from a technical point of view and through implementing the recently adopted deployment plan we can ensure the timely deployment of ERTMS."

The software based ERTMS control, command, signalling and communication system for the railway management and safe regulation ensures that the train does not exceed the safe speed and distance.


Image: With the new ERTMS in place, trains will run seamlessly across borders by replacing differing national technical systems. Photo: courtesy of Barbara Stoessel.