More than 30,000km of tracks worldwide contracted with ERTMS

Rail supply industry hits new milestone

Brussels, Belgium – UNIFE, the European Rail Industries, is proud to announce that the total length of tracks already in service or contracted to be equipped with ERTMS by its members exceeds 30,000 km worldwide.

“These outstanding results demonstrate that ERTMS is a genuine European success story,” said Michael Clausecker, Director General of UNIFE. “The close collaboration of the industry and the European Institutions has resulted in a standard which attracts considerable interest not only in Europe, but also in the rest of the world. European decision makers should now continue to support investment in ERTMS to realise the benefits of interoperability as soon as possible.”

The European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is a major industrial project developed by six UNIFE members – Alstom Transport, Ansaldo STS, Bombardier Transportation, Invensys Rail Group, Siemens Mobility and Thales – in close cooperation with the European Union and other railway stakeholders. The components of ERTMS are ETCS (European Train Control and Command System) and GSM-R (the radio communications system to send information to the train).

ERTMS aims at replacing more than 20 different national train control and command systems in Europe, which are a major technical barrier to international rail traffic. Trains fitted with ETCS may run on ERTMS-equipped line, which brings considerable benefits in terms of interoperability, maintenance costs savings, safety and traffic capacity. By making the rail sector more competitive, ERTMS helps to level the playing field with road transport and ultimately provides significant environmental gains.

There are currently more than 30,000 km of tracks and 5,000 vehicles in service or contracted to be equipped with ERTMS in 27 countries worldwide. Whilst the majority of these investments are made in Europe, ERTMS has also attracted interest from countries such as China, India, Taiwan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. Other countries are in the pipeline to follow with new contracts expected in the very near future.

Auteur: Redactie Infrasite