European Rail Traffic Management System

European Rail Traffic Management System

European Rail Traffic Management System

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The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is an initiative backed by the European Union to enhance cross-border interoperability and signalling procurement by creating a single Europe-wide standard for train control and command systems.

The two main components of ERTMS are the European Train Control System (ETCS), a standard for in-cab train control, and GSM-R, the GSM mobile communications standard for railway operations. The equipment can further be subdivided between on-board and infrastructure equipment.


Companies developing ERTMS systems include UNIFE/UNISIG members Alstom, Thales, Invensys Rail Group, Ansaldo STS, Siemens Mobility, Bombardier Transportation and Eliop-Seinalia. Additionally, there are at least two new emerging suppliers, Czech and Japanese.



  • December: Zaragoza - Huesca High Speed line in Spain opens with ERTMS Level 1.



  • February: ERTMS-2 is extended to the new Turin–Milan high-speed line (open between Turin and Novara) and the Mattstetten–Rothrist line in Switzerland.
  • October: Network Rail announced that ERTMS would be operational on the Cambrian Line in December 2008 and would cost £59million.


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